WH Press Secretary on Chief of Staff Violating Hatch Act: ‘We Are Not Perfect, But Our Violations Have Been Few’

Melanie Arter | October 27, 2022 | 6:08pm EDT
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White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2022. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5, 2022. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain was admonished by the Office of Special Counsel on Wednesday for violating the Hatch Act by retweeting a message from his government account from the Democratic group STRIKE PAC that included the statement, “Get your Democrats Deliver merch today.”

The tweet in question, which was posted on May 22, was about delivering infant formula.


White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the Office of Special Counsel’s finding during a gaggle on board Air Force One en route to Syracuse, N.Y.

The press secretary said that the Biden administration takes the Hatch Act more seriously than the Trump administration did.

She said that Klain “is very careful and takes the Hatch Act very seriously in his media appearances and his use of Twitter, but he got it wrong this time, and he retweeted something that was political.”

Jean-Pierre said that Klain “fixed it as soon as it was pointed out,” and he takes the warning to be “more careful seriously.”

“That’s very different than the prior crew here — crew, clearly, at the White House, before us, previously, that blatantly, openly, and carelessly violated the Hatch Act repeatedly. We are not perfect, but our violations have been few,” she said.

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