Deutch Statement on Hatch Act Violations at the Republican National Convention
Today, U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22) issued this statement following repeated violations of the Hatch Act during the Republican National Convention:
"What we saw this week was a clear violation of the Hatch Act, a misuse of taxpayer resources, and shameless disregard for the norms that protect the integrity of American democracy.
"No part of the Republican National Convention should have taken place on White House grounds. No fireworks spelling out 'Trump 2020' should have framed the Washington Monument. The National Mall and the White House belong to all of us. In addition to civil violations, it is a crime to coerce federal officials into the Trump campaign’s exploitation of the American presidency. The Department of Justice, Office of Government Ethics, and Office of Special Counsel can’t ignore their responsibilities to enforce these laws.
"House Democrats have been fighting for comprehensive reforms to repair and defend American democracy, including our top legislative priority, the For the People Act. We want to make it easier for Americans to vote in our elections, we want to get dark money out of our elections, and we want raise the bar for ethical conduct from all three branches of government."We can’t accept the White House Chief of Staff shrugging off blatant violations of the Hatch Act as the end of the story.Congress must do more. American taxpayers and voters deserve a complete investigation and full enforcement of the law. And we must explicitly ban political activity on White House grounds by anyone—especially the president."