Education Secretary Besty Devos under investigation for potential Hatch Act violation: report
The Office of the Special Counsel has started investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act for her comments during an interview with FOX News' Martha MacCallum, according to Politico.
During the interview on "The Story", DeVos had been asked about Biden's promise to roll back her school choice policies.
"Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s really shameful,” DeVos said.
The interview was then promoted through the official channels of the Department of Education, according to an email shared by the outlet.
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The complaint, shared by Politico, alleges that DeVos' comment "attacked Democratic Presidential Candidate Vice President Joe Biden and his education proposals in a way that went far beyond policy differences."
"These individual acts are each unique violations of the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees and cabinet officials such as Secretary DeVos from using their official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the results of an election," the complaint states.
In addition, the complaint calls DeVos' characterization of Biden a "personal political attack."
"With a Presidential election less than two months away, this is clearly campaign rhetoric, not policy discussion," the complaint reads. "Additionally, the premeditated nature and dissemination of the video ...
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