White House staffers admonished for posting political tweets

Twitter app on tablet, Photo Date: 3/7/2017 / Photo: PxHere / MGN

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six former and current White House staffers were reprimanded Friday for posting political tweets, such as the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” and “MAGA,” on Twitter accounts they use for government business.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent warning letters to the six warning them that their tweets violated the Hatch Act, which restricts political activities of federal employees working in the executive branch.

The special counsel’s office reviewed the tweets after receiving complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group that works to ensure that public officials work on behalf of all taxpayers. The special counsel’s office sent a five-page summary of its findings to CREW on Friday.

It said former principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah violated the Hatch Act when he used his official “@RajShah45” Twitter account in June 2018 to post a message that linked to a Republican National Committee website.

“Fantastic @RNCResearch release #Winning: 500 Days of American Greatness.” In his tweet, he included a link to an RNC webpage that…

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