Donald Trump’s Reality TV Moments At Republican Convention Draw Ethics Complaints
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As Donald Trump prepares to give a norm-shattering acceptance speech on the South Lawn of the White House on Thursday, government watchdogs claim that some of the reality TV-like moments from the Republican National Convention may have violated a key ethics law.
On Thursday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics In Washington requested a investigation of Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf for his participation in a naturalization ceremony at the White House that was one of the surprise moments of Tuesday night’s convention proceedings. The naturalization ceremony was pre-taped, but it was one of several instances where the White House was used for a big reveal.
According to CREW, “By participating in this event that mixed official government business with support of a political party and a candidate for partisan political office, Mr. Wolf appears to have used his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election. His participation during this event constitutes political activity prohibited by law.” More specifically, that law, the Hatch Act, restricts political activity of federal employees when they are on the job, with the president and Vice President exempted.
A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately return a request for comment.
The White House has claimed that the