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Biden aide Psaki may have violated ethics law -watchdog By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, speaks at a briefing held at the White House, Washington, U.S.A, 6 October 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque     


By Tyler Clifford

(Reuters] – Friday’s non-profit ethics watchdog called for an inquiry into Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, and the apparent endorsement by the White House podium for a Democratic candidate to be Governor of Virginia.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said that it had filed a complaint to the Office of Special Counsel, asking it to investigate whether Psaki broke the Hatch Act in advocating for Terry McAuliffe’s election.

McAuliffe was Virginia’s governor between 2014 and 2018. He will be up against Republican Glenn Youngkin during the Nov. 2. election. It is a tight race, according to polls.

The Hatch Act of 1939, which limits political campaigns by federal employees except for the president or vice president, was passed.

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Psaki told reporters that during Thursday’s media briefing, “We will do everything possible to help ex-Gov. McAuliffe. We believe in what he stands for.”

CREW claimed that Psaki may have used her influence or authority to change the outcomes of the election.

The complaint said that “OSC should immediately conduct an investigation into the conduct described by this letter, and take any necessary disciplinary actions against Ms. Psaki.”

CREW filed complaints against several White House officials during Trump’s presidency. An OSC complaint about Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s adviser, led to a recommendation for her removal from federal service.

CREW president Noah Bookbinder, stated in a accompanying statement that Psaki’s potential violation is small compared to “the outrageous offenses by the Trump administration.”

Psaki, when asked about Friday’s complaint during a CNN interview, said that she would be more cautious next time.

She said, “Words definitely matter.”

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