UPDATED 10:12 AM PT – Saturday, October 16, 2021
A government watchdog group has called for an investigation into White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed an ethics complaint against Psaki on Friday. She’s being accused of endorsing Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in a press conference on Thursday.
The group alleged Psaki violated the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees in the executive branch from political activity.
BREAKING: We just filed a Hatch Act complaint against Jen Psaki, because no administration is above the law https://t.co/BzwBa6Cd9x
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 15, 2021
“I will say, I will leave it to outside analysis to convey that off-year elections are often not a bellwether, but there’s a lot of history here in Virginia. But again, we’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe and we believe in the agenda he’s representing,” said Psaki.
The Hatch Act does however exempt the president and vice president as Joe Biden has been campaigning for McAuliffe.