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 TrumpMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 Trump endorses David Perdue in Georgia's governor race 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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE or his Russia investigation.

The OSC said in March that top White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayJudge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board Trump came in contact with 500 people between first positive test and hospitalization: report Christie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 MORE violated the Hatch Act twice in TV appearances when she “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates.”

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 HaleyHaley has 'positive' meeting with Trump Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Ex-chief of staff says Trump won't run because he can't be seen as 'loser' 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 AmashDemocrats defend Afghan withdrawal amid Taliban advance Vietnam shadow hangs over Biden decision on Afghanistan Kamala Harris and our shameless politics 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 MulvaneyJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 11, including Pierson, other rally organizers MORE.