A top aide to President Donald Trump is urging the primary defeat of a conservative House member from MI.
Besides being a major departure from the usual decorum exhibited by elected and appointed officials in Washington, some critics are wondering if all the references to election issues by government employees may be violations of the Hatch Act.
A top Trump aide warred on Twitter Saturday with a conservative MI congressman and Freedom Caucus member. Scavino says in the tweet that Trump is bringing auto plants and jobs back to MI and calls Amash a "big liability". Scavino singled out Amash, urging him to be ousted from office in the midterm elections.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Painter's statement. Because his account is so tied with his White House position that simply labeling an account "personal" doesn't change that.
Richard Painter, who at one time was the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, called attention to the description beneath the photo on the account Scavino has designated as personal. "De facto means that if you tweet only about WH work from your account, it's an official account", wrote Jacobson.
Scavino made the fight against the Freedom Caucus personal days after Trump also used his social media to blast the group of conservative lawmakers who were largely responsible for the embarrassing defeat of Trumpcare. "Bush WH would have fired him".
On Sunday, just a day after Scavino's call to take down Amash, Trump tweeted that those who think the GOP health care proposal is dead don't know the "love and strength" of the Republican Party and said talks to repeal and replace Obamacare will continue. Its members argued that the bill didn't go far enough to undo the law.
About a week after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., pulled the bill from the House floor, Trump directed his Twitter fire on fellow Republicans.
It began with frustration over the defeat of the Republican Healthcare plan, when the President slammed the Freedom Caucus during the week in a tweet, saying they were standing in the way of the Republican agenda.
"If one year from today you and Congressman Amash and Mark Meadows and Raúl Labrador and all the other members of the Freedom Caucus are facing primary challenges from Trump-supported candidates, then you're not going to be able to focus on all the things you want to accomplish for the American people", Jake Tapper said.