White House press officers disobeyed ethics orders

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre answers a reporter's question about the lawsuit alleging social media collusion with the Biden administration (Video screenshot)
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre answers a reporter’s question about the lawsuit alleging social media collusion with the Biden administration (Video screenshot)

The mouthpieces for Joe Biden’s White House, Karine Jean-Pierre and Andrew Bates, were told they were not allowed to slam Republicans as “MAGA” members, but then did so anyway, according to a new report.

The Daily Mail explains the independent Office of Special Counsel said the two participated in actions “contrary” to official guidance on federal law when they used the “MAGA” moniker to slam Republicans.

It is the Hatch Act that prohibits federal employees from promoting a political ideology while being paid by taxpayers.

The violation happened only after Jean-Pierre already was warned against violating the law that is intended to prevent federal employees from using their positions to influence elections.

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It was the OSC that told government officials last summer that “MAGA” and other related terms were “off-limits” because they were being seen as campaign-related slogans.

Jean-Pierre then, after, was found to be in violation of the law with her use of that term, the report said.

A White House official claimed the Democrats running the administration “take the law seriously,” and Jean-Pierre often cites the law when she refuses to answer questions about Biden that may be considered campaign-related.

But both Jean-Pierre and Bates used the word “MAGA” repeatedly to demonize Republicans.

“The complaint against the duo was filed by a conservative watchdog group called Protect the Public’s Trust, which is run by former Trump administration official Michael Chamberlain,” the report explained.

He told NBC News, “Apparently, nobody takes the Hatch Act very seriously, at least nobody that matters. Ms. Jean-Pierre cites it frequently to avoid tough questions, but when she and her deputy received the initial warning from OSC, they doubled down.”

A report at NBC confirmed Jean-Pierre and the White House had been warned about using the “MAGA” term, and continued to do it.

The OSC had delivered guidance over the summer that determined the descriptive were off-limits after Jean-Pierre blasted “mega MAGA Republicans” heading into the 2022 election.

Later, she continued using the term, with her condemnation of a “hardcore MAGA” budget, while Bates went after “MAGA tax welfare.”

The OSC, however, announced no punishment for the apparently willful violations, saying only it would watch for future infractions.

“According to a review by NBC News, Bates used the ‘MAGA’ acronym — referring to ‘MAGAnomics’ — as recently as Monday in a memo about Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, days after Trump said he was ‘seriously looking at alternatives,'” the report said.

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