Feds: HUD Secretary Julián Castro violated Hatch Act in interview regarding Hillary Clinton

A U.S. Office of Special Counsel report released Monday found that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro violated the Hatch Act, which restricts the political activity of some federal employees, during an April interview with Yahoo News.

Castro's statements during the interview, according to a OSC news release, mixed his "personal political views with officials agency business despite his efforts to clarify that some answers were being given in his personal capacity." The department found he violated the act by "advocating for and against presidential candidates while giving a media interview in his official capacity on April 4, 2016," the report states.

The Hatch Act, passed in 1939, prohibits employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election, according to the report. The OSC submitted the report and Castro's response to President Barack Obama for "appropriate action."

After receiving an analysis of the interview, Castro sent a letter to the OSC Friday, where he addressed the violation saying, "When an error is made — even an inadvertent one — the error should be acknowledged. Although it was not my intent, I made one here."

Previously, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was found to have violated the Hatch Act in 2012 when she made an off-hand remark at a gay rights group's gala about who should be North Carolina's next governor. Sebelius personally reimbursed the U.S. Treasury for all travel expenses to North Carolina, which resolved the violation.

In the April interview, the former San Antonio mayor, who is reportedly being vetted to be Hillary Clinton's vice president, tells Katie Couric, "Now, taking off my HUD hat for a second and speaking individually, it is very clear that Hillary Clinton is the most experienced, thoughtful and prepared candidate for president that we have this year."

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he announced last week that he was not being vetted to be shillary's vp candidate.. which in a sane world would indicate he's not going to be her running mate, but in the current bizarro world not so much. maybe now that he has obviously committed a crime and used the same 'I thought I was within boundaries' defense as she has, his chances have gone up? 

The O administration doesn't seem to know the US Laws.

They don't care. It seems that most Dems in office feel that the laws don't apply to them.

And his punishment will be.......................................................................NOTHING

WHEN IT COMES TO THE : "STENCH OF CORRUPTION" !!!!!!.......THE CLINTON FAMILY IS AN : "OVERFLOWING OUTHOUSE, ON A HOT SUMMER DAY "  !!!!!!!!!!........

So what if a leading progressive liberal violates the law, the FBI and DOJ will cover for them and will never prosecute them. The law only applies to white, conservative Christians. The corruption is profound and pervasive. Find me 50 righteous men in Washington, how about 10?

wow..this would have been a PERFECT fit for crooked hillary as a VP pick...both have committed violations and looks like the media wont harp on Julian...because he's a liberal!!!

if crooked hillary had a son this would be him!!!

if crooked hillary had a son it would have horns and a forked tail....

I thought this was her son....

What difference, at this point, does it make?

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Angry Dem Impeachment ‘Witness’: Pam Karlan Donated Thousands To Hillary And Was On Clinton’s List For Potential SCOTUS Nomination

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The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, kicked off its first impeachment circus Wednesday morning.

The four ‘witnesses’ testifying have never actually witnessed any of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine firsthand — the four witnesses are law professors offering legal analysis.

One of the witnesses the Dems rolled out is an angry Hillary Clinton donor who was on Crooked’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

No wonder why this unhinged, dowdy woman is so pissed off!

“Professor Pam Karlan donated thousands of dollars to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination. So she certainly has no vendetta against President Trump,” GOP Rep. Mark Walker said.

Congressman Walker also pointed out that Noah Feldman, the Dems first partisan witness in Wednesday’s hearing tweeted about impeaching Trump right after he was sworn in.

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Meet Noah Feldman, House Democrats first partisan witness.

Look at the date of this tweet. He has been trying to get @realDonaldTrump impeached since 46 days into his presidency.

His reason? Trump criticized President Obama.

This is a sham impeachment with sham witnesses. https://twitter.com/NoahRFeldman/status/839185127494254592 

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The next witness, Karlan, has donated thousands to Democrats and was on Hillary Clinton’s list for a potential Supreme Court nomination.

So she certainly has no vendetta against @realDonaldTrump.

These witnesses are as serious as House Democrats impeachment case: not at all.

The entire sham show trial is stacked with partisan hacks who have wanted to impeach Trump from the moment he won in November of 2016.

Norm Eisen, the Democrats’ counsel who is blasting Trump and questioning witnesses in Wednesday’s show trial, tweeted about impeaching Trump before Donald Trump was even sworn into office!

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