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 John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ 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.

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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE or his Russia investigation.

The OSC said in March that top White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users White House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action 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 HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley slams media for Smollett coverage: 'He played them all for fools' Four names emerge for UN position: report Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job 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 AmashBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration House approves motion condemning anti-Semitism Schiff: Intel chiefs testimony may ‘undermine’ Trump’s ability to declare emergency for wall 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 MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism White House spokeswoman leaving to join PR firm Trump’s state of emergency declaration imperils defense budget MORE.