Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Trump's Social Media Director Threatens Rep. Justin Amash With Primary Challenge

Amash starts hashtag 'Trumpstablishment' Greg Nash
Alfredo Watts | 05 April, 2017, 02:59

Press Secretary Sean Spicer deflected criticism by arguing that the executive branch was exempt from anti-lobbying laws, an interpretation disputed by legal experts who spoke with ThinkProgress. The White House responded that the Twitter account was Scavino's personal one and not an official account so therefore there has been no violation of the Hatch Act.

By Sunday morning, Scavino had changed the biography on his personal Twitter page, removing the reference to his current post at the White House and noting exclusively that he was director of social media for Trump's campaign.

Later Sunday, Scavino rejected the suggestion that he had done anything wrong when asked by a reporter on Twitter if he had a response to the ethics lawyers who say he violated the Hatch Act.

"#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary", Scavino tweeted to the president's supporters.

The tweet came two days after Trump himself slammed the Freedom Caucus on Twitter, saying on Thursday that the group would "hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team".

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.

Daniel Jacobson, a former lawyer for the Obama White House, also said Scavino had violated the Hatch Act. Same old agenda: "Attack conservatives, libertarians & independent thinkers", Amash tweeted.

However, the profile photo on his personal account is still an image of Scavino inside the Oval Office.

Scavino's attack comes after a full-fledged Twitter assault toward the Freedom Caucus directly from President Trump, who has issued threats to legislators such as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) in an attempt to strong-arm support for his incredibly unpopular health care legislation.

A top adviser to President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the defeat of a MI congressman and member of a conservative group of U.S. House lawmakers who derailed the White House on legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.