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

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) warned Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFox News's Bret Baier posts vaccination selfie The Memo: Specter of vaccine hesitancy rises after J&J blow Trump says Prince Philip's death an 'irreplaceable loss' for UK MORE's spokeswoman over a tweet found to be in violation of the Hatch Act, according to a letter sent to a Democratic senator.

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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 ConwayKellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau? The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Let's make a deal on infrastructure, taxes MORE and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyOddsmakers say Harris, not Biden, most likely to win 2024 nomination, election The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Biden, lawmakers start down a road with infrastructure Nikki Haley says if Trump runs for president in 2024 then she won't 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.