US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as Vice President Mike Pence listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated for the purposes of the Hatch Act, Politico reported. The investigation is into comments she made on a Fox News interview slamming Democratic presidential campaigner Joe Biden. The Hatch Act tables top-level government officials, excluding the president and vice-president, from partaking in political task. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated by the Office of the Special Counsel for potentially violating the Hatch Act when she hurled Democratic presidential campaigner Joe Biden during an interview with Fox News, Politico reported.
The Hatch Act is a federal ordinance that bars top-level government employees, excluding the president and vice-president, from partaking in political activity.
Politico reported that OSC Hatch Act attorney Eric Johnson told Scott Peterson, the head of investigate guardian blog Checks and Matches about the investigation during an interrogation.
In an interrogation with Fox News, DeVos blamed Biden for saying he would roll back her academy preference plans.
“Today he’s turned his back on the children that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the educators consolidation and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s genuinely infamous, ” DeVos said.
Politico reported that the Department of Education also sent out the Fox News clip in an email distribution under the heading “From the Desk of The Secretary.”
The Department of Education did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication but a spokesperson told Politico: “The Secretary was asked to respond to oft-repeated criticism of her and her programs, and she attacked her programmes, including discussing the history of that appraisal. The Hatch Act does not veto that kind of exchange with a writer. Case closed. Of track, we will cooperate with OSC, should they choose to open an investigation of this pointless complaint.”
DeVos is not the first official in President Donald Trump’s administration to be investigated for the purposes of the Hatch Act.
Multiple incidents at the Republican National Convention were criticized for violating the moralities statute, including when Cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and behaving Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf, made appearances and speeches.
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