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Trump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!'

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpElection Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B Eric Trump: Trump Org has 'zero investments' in Russia or Saudi Arabia West Virginia sports stars back Manchin in new ad MORE mocked Democratic Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Trump administration doubles down on climate skepticism | Suspended EPA health official hits back | Military bases could host coal, gas exports Trump poised to sign bipartisan water infrastructure bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senators face Wednesday vote on Trump health plans rule | Trump officials plan downtime for ObamaCare website | Lawmakers push for action on reducing maternal deaths MORE (D-Del.) on Friday over a decades-old admission of domestic violence after the senator criticized a member of the White House staff.

In a tweet, the president's son brought up Carper's 1998 admission that he once slapped his wife, leaving her with "some discoloration of her left eye," according to a deposition reported by the conservative The Washington Free Beacon. The incident was reported in a 1982 New York Post article that claimed his wife's two children from a previous relationship "were slapped around and bruised by Carper for doing such things as leaving the family dog on the bed."

Carper said late last year that he never lied about the incident in his 1982 bid for the House, but he did admit to slapping his wife.

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"You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!" Trump Jr. wrote.

"Maybe you shouldn’t be so worried about someone mistakenly putting #maga in a tweet??? Seems you have other serious issues to work out," he added of the nearly four-decades-old incident, for which Carper has apologized.

Carper has repeatedly apologized for the incident, including in December after a Free Beacon report accused him of lying about the incident during his 1982 bid for the House.

"I have made many mistakes in my life and have always been willing to admit them. One of those mistakes took place 37 years ago when I slapped my then-wife, Diane, during a heated argument," Carper said last year.

"It was wrong. I regretted it then, and I still do today," he added.

Trump Jr.'s tweet came in response to Carper's criticism on Thursday of first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Melania Trump meets with families affected by opioid withdrawal in newborns MORE's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham. In a letter sent to Carper, the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) warned Grisham for a tweet found to be in violation the Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from using their official capacities to endorse or campaign for a candidate seeking office. Several members of the administration, including White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump and Kellyanne Conway's husband spar about columnist Hatch mocks Warren over DNA test with his own results showing '1/1032 T-Rex' Conway responds to Warren DNA test: 'Junk science' that 'really doesn't interest me' MORE and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyTrump mulling State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert for UN envoy: report Iran says it killed 'mastermind' behind military parade attack Haley slams China over 'internment of civilians' in first public remarks since announcing resignation MORE, have been cited for past violations.

"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 Thursday. Carper's office had raised the allegations with the special counsel.

"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.