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The Office of Special Counsel has reprimanded Lynne Patton, a top Department of Housing and Urban Development official with ties to President Donald Trump’s family, for making political statements on the job.
Patton, a HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, used her official government Twitter account to promote political tweets and displayed a red “USA” hat sold by the Trump campaign in her office.
The article goes on to state the following:
The OSC issued Patton a warning letter after determining that both activities violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch officials from certain political activity while on duty. But the office cleared her of two other alleged violations, involving a tweet defending HUD Secretary Ben Carson and an appearance at an oversight hearing featuring Michael Cohen.
“Although OSC concluded that you violated the Hatch Act by unwittingly displaying a campaign hat in your office and ‘liking’ partisan political tweets on your official Twitter account, we have decided not to pursue disciplinary action and are closing our files without further action,” Erica Hamrick, deputy chief of the OSC’s Hatch Act Unit, wrote the a letter to Patton Wednesday.
The Office of Special Counsel has reprimanded Lynne Patton, a top Department of Housing and Urban Development official with ties to Trump’s family, for making political statements on the job https://t.co/Vqm8mfZR0u
— POLITICO (@politico) September 18, 2019
Lynne Patton’s Hatch Act violations were not a question of one or two mistaken tweets, but a disregard for maintaining a firewall between government resources and partisan activity.https://t.co/MrPAmKhgrI
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) September 19, 2019
— POLITICO Pro (@POLITICOPro) September 18, 2019
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