Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) warned Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85 MORE's spokeswoman over a tweet found to be in violation of the Hatch Act, according to a letter sent to a Democratic senator.

Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperDems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants EPA to announce PFAS chemical regulation plans by end of year Overnight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House MORE (D-Del.) on Thursday tweeted images of a letter he received from the OSC in which the agency responds to an allegation from his office that Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's longtime spokeswoman, violated the Hatch Act with a tweet containing the acronym for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE's campaign slogan.

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Grisham, as a White House staffer, is prohibited from using her government position, including the Twitter account she operates in her capacity as spokeswoman, to advocate for political candidates. The president, OSC said, falls under than umbrella.

The OSC said it issued a warning to Grisham, according to the letter sent to Carper, who called news of Grisham's violation "astounding."

He also ripped the administration's "repeated" violations of the law.

"Two months after my inquiry, the @US_OSC has confirmed that yet another Trump White House staffer has violated the Hatch Act. This administration's blatant and repeated disregard for the law is astounding and unacceptable," Carper tweeted.

"At the very least, we should be able to trust that those who serve in the highest positions in our government will follow the law. Instead, this administration seems to promote a culture where showing that basic level of respect for the American taxpayer is optional," he added.

A number of Trump administration officials, including White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users White House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action MORE and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley slams media for Smollett coverage: 'He played them all for fools' Four names emerge for UN position: report Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job MORE, have been cited by the OSC in the past for violations of the law, but no punishments have been levied by the White House.

Authority to punish Hatch Act violations falls to the president. The OSC does not have the power to take action other than informing the White House of violations.