Watchdog group files Hatch Act complaint against Kushner

Watchdog group files Hatch Act complaint against Kushner
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Senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHillicon Valley: Google bans Zoom from its work computers | Dem cautions White House against using surveillance to fight virus | Lawmakers push House leaders on remote voting Senate Democrat presses White House on reported coronavirus surveillance system efforts Trump shakes up White House communications team MORE is the subject of a new Hatch Act complaint that says he advocated for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE's 2020 reelection while acting in his official government capacity. 

In a Sunday interview with CNN host Fareed Zakaria, Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, weighed in at length about how the Senate's impeachment trial has benefited the president politically, earning a complaint from the ethical watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

"Kushner's blatantly political behavior while acting in his official capacity is a clear violation of the Hatch Act," said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder in a news release, as first reported by Axios.


The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kushner's interview on CNN is not the first time a Hatch Act complaint has been filed against someone within Trump's administration. Last year, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel found White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders exits, clearing Biden's path to nomination George Conway group endorses Joe Biden Tapper comes under criticism for George Conway retweet that Trump is '100% insane' MORE in violation of the law by "disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in an official capacity during television interviews and on social media."

A subpoena was issued from the House Ethics Committee but was ignored by Conway last year.