White House defends Trump aide after legally questionable tweet

The tweet comes two days after Trump threatened conservative lawmakers who thwarted a House vote on health care legislation

The tweet comes two days after Trump threatened conservative lawmakers who thwarted a House vote on health care legislation

Scavino has been at the receiving end of criticism after he said Saturday that Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican member of the House Freedom Caucus, was a "liability" that must be defeated in the next primaries. Official White House @Scavino45.

And Scavino himself weighed in on Sunday afternoon, tweeting, "What 'ethics lawyers?' The ones from the Obama Admin who want to take Trump down, or the Bush Admin who were #NeverTrump?" Although using his personal account, the page at the time listed his official position in the Trump administration and showed a picture of him in the Oval Office. "This is use of official position for a partisan election".

After the tweet was posted, Richard Painter, a former chief ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush White House, argued that Scavino had violated the Hatch Act. He noted the page was not simply about personal things but was "chock full of official stuff".

And Daniel Jacobson, a lawyer under President Barack Obama, also said Trump's aide was in violation of the Hatch Act, adding that Scavino was essentially using a "de facto" government Twitter account. "You can't avoid it".

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Ethics lawyers who worked for both Republican and Democratic presidents said Scavino violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits political activity by government employees.

But the 1939 Hatch Act specifically prohibits White House staff from using their "official authority or influence for the goal of interfering with an election or affecting the result thereof".

Amash quickly fired back, tweeting that the Trump administration had merged with establishment Republicans and are following the "same old agenda": Attack anyone who disagrees with you.

Although Scavino's tweet came from his personal Twitter account, ex-government lawyers on both sides of the aisle accused him of potentially violating the Hatch Act - a rule created to keep government officials from using their authority to sway elections. "No thanks!" he wrote.

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