On Monday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel called on Donald Trump to take “appropriate disciplinary action,” such as a fine or removal from office, against White House trade adviser Peter Navarro for violating the Hatch Act.
“From May 26 through October 19, 2020, during at least six media interviews where he appeared in his official capacity as Assistant to the President and Director of the Office on Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Dr. Navarro repeatedly attacked presidential candidate Joe Biden and/or vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris,” the office said in a report to Trump.
As Politico reports, Navarro has also made frequent attacks against both Biden and Harris on his Twitter account. The Hatch Act states that White House or other executive branch officials are prohibited from engaging in political activity.
“He committed these violations after having received training on the Hatch Act and, for most of the violations, while knowing that OSC was investigating him for engaging in the same prohibited political activity,” the report said.
Politico reported, “Under the relevant statute, the punishments for a Hatch Act violation can include removal from office, a reduction in grade, debarment from federal employment for up to five years, suspension or reprimand. Navarro could also face a fine of up to $1,000 or some combination of a fine and employment action.”