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Treasury retweets Trump, possibly violating campaign law

Treasury retweets Trump, possibly violating campaign law
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The Treasury Department on Wednesday retweeted a post from President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE celebrating Republican wins in congressional elections this year, potentially violating federal campaign law.

The department’s official Twitter account shared a tweet from Trump touting results from elections held Tuesday night and an upcoming “Red Wave” of GOP congressional victors.

“Great Republican election results last night. So far we have the team we want. 8 for 9 in Special Elections. Red Wave!” Trump tweeted at 8:30 a.m.

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Treasury deleted the retweet soon after media outlets raised questions about its legality.

A department spokesperson told The Hill that the retweet "was done in error and has been taken down."

Treasury’s retweet of a campaign-related post appears to risk violating the Hatch Act, a law that bans federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or serving in any official capacity.

Several Trump administration officials have been found to have violated the Hatch Act by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which enforces ethics rules for federal employees. The agency is not related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE or his Russia investigation.

The OSC said in March that top 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 violated the Hatch Act twice in TV appearances when she “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates.”

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The agency also warned Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mike O’Rielly in May that he violated the Hatch Act when he called on voters to support Trump and GOP candidates at a conservative political convention.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyThe 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 Democrat: 'Registration, engagement' are keys to toppling Sen. Tim Scott in South Carolina MORE was also found to have violated the act by retweeting an endorsement from Trump in October. And Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, was also found to have violated the act last year after encouraging potential GOP challengers to oust Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBiden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote MORE (R-Mich.).

Government watchdog nonprofits have also filed several other Hatch Act complaints against top Trump administration officials for tweets supporting the president’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed complaints against 10 administration officials earlier this month, including White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE.