Chris Wallace: Barrier between GOP convention, White House 'completely blown away'

Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump campaign plays up Biden's skills ahead of Cleveland debate: 'He's actually quite good' GOP brushes back charges of hypocrisy in Supreme Court fight Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight MORE said "the barrier was completely blown away ... for good or for ill" regarding Republican National Convention speeches being broadcast from the White House, with the "Fox News Sunday" host noting that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: House Democrats unveil stopgap spending measure to GOP opposition | Bill includes .6B for new subs | Trump issues Iran sanctions after world shrugs at US action at UN Navalny calls on Russia to return clothes he was wearing when he fell ill US issues Iran sanctions to enforce UN action ignored by international community MORE's remarks at the event violated standing State Department policy.

“What stands out to me is that about two or three weeks ago, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE suggested that he might make his acceptance speech at the White House,” Wallace said during Fox News coverage of the convention Tuesday evening. “And there was an uproar in Washington. Republican Senate leaders said, 'That can't happen. We can't have that.' That barrier was completely blown away tonight, for good or for ill.”

The second night of the GOP convention featured a speech by first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump: Ginsburg's 'spirit will live on in all she has inspired' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - You might want to download TikTok now Warning label added to Trump tweet over potential mail-in voting disinformation MORE from the Rose Garden and Pompeo's pre-recorded remarks from Jerusalem.


Earlier Tuesday, Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHispanic Caucus members embark on 'virtual bus tour' with Biden campaign Hispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-Texas), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, announced an investigation into Pompeo’s speech, citing the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal officials from weighing in on elections in their official capacity, and a breach of State Department regulations.

“We do need to point out that secretaries of State have never participated in political speeches,” Wallace said. “In fact, it's a regulation of the State Department that nobody that's in the State Department can attend a political event, let alone participate in it. The State Department said, 'Well, he's operating in his personal capacity.' But I don't know what personal capacity a secretary of State has.”

“People can think it's a big deal, they can think that's a little deal, but all of this has never happened before,” he added. “And it's worth noting."