Grisham’s revelations came just days after a federal investigative report revealed that at least 13 former Trump officials violatedThe Hatch ActBy combining their campaign duties and government duties.
They did so without consequence and with the administration’s approval as part of a “willful disregard for the Hatch Act,” which bars officials from using their platforms to influence elections, concluded the report by the Office of Special Counsel.
“In the White House, when we would get Hatch Act violations, that was a badge of honor,” Grisham told Acosta.
“It was a joke in the White House. The president used to say to us, ‘You know who’s in charge of the Hatch Act? It’s me, [so] go ahead, say whatever you want to say.’”
Grisham feels that Trump is going to keep trying to intimidate the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, insurrection. She said that Trump will continue to support former aides in refusing subpoenas for testimony.
The Hatch Act was a brazenly violated by the ex-White House Chief of Staff Mark MeadowsEx-senior White House aide Jared KushnerEx-Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnanyAide Kellyanne ConwayOne-time Senior Policy Advisor Stephen MillerThe report stated that.
“Failure to impose discipline created the conditions for what appeared to be a taxpayer-funded campaign apparatus within the upper echelons of the executive branch,” the report stated.
The behavior exposed the Trump administration’s “willingness to manipulate government business for partisan political ends,” it added.
Check out Grisham’s full interview in the video up top. At 2:20, her comments on the Hatch Act start.