Did Huckabee Sanders Break the Law?
Sarah Huckabee Sanders may be facing an ethics review after calling for the firing of an ESPN reporter who said PresidentÂ Donald Trump is a white supremacist. The White House press secretary from the podium on Wednesday responded to a reporter's question asking for comment on Monday's series of tweets posted by Jemele Hill. Huckabee Sanders said Hill's remarks are a "fireable offense," and doubled down on those remarks again Friday.
An anti-Trump Super PAC,Â The Democratic Coalition, filed a complaintÂ with the United States Office of Government Ethics.
â€œWhen Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for Jemele Hill to be fired by ESPN, she crossed the line and put herself in dubious legal territory,â€ Democratic Coalition Chairman Jon Cooper said in a statement to TheWrap.
â€œFor Sanders to publicly call for the dismissal of a Trump critic is bizarre and disturbing, to say the least,â€ Cooper added. â€œIf anyone is to be fired, it should be her.â€
Some have suggested Huckabee Sanders' remarks may have broken federal law.
Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, on Wednesday posted a statute to Twitter:
Interesting law on the books. pic.twitter.com/zpZJp2vQQQâ€” Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 13, 2017
At first Shaub said Huckabee Sanders' actions were not criminal â€“ but that does not mean they were ethical.
highlights the inappropriateness of using federal authority to influence private employment decisions. Another important norm down the drainâ€” Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 13, 2017
But one day later, noting Trump is a political candidateÂ for president, he added this:
Now that he's a partisan political candidate for President, I'm not so sure this isn't a violation after all. We're going to study the issue https://t.co/vPkSN09wNYâ€” Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 14, 2017
"Breaking the law is punishable by a fine or up to 15 years in prison, or both," TheWrap says.
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