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Betsy DeVos is under investigation for potentially violating the Hatch Act when she slammed Joe Biden in a Fox News interview

Betsy Devos US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks as Vice President Mike Pence listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the US Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated for the purposes of the Hatch Act, Politico reported. The investigation is into comments she made on a Fox News interview slamming Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The Hatch Act barrooms top-level government officials, eliminating the president and vice-president, from partaking in political activity. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more narratives.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is being investigated by the Office of the Special Counsel for potentially violating the Hatch Act when she slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during an interview with Fox News, Politico reported.

The Hatch Act is a federal law that bars top-level government employees, omitting the president and vice-president, from partaking in political activity.

Politico reported that OSC Hatch Act lawyer Eric Johnson told Scott Peterson, the head of investigative watchdog blog Checks and Equilibriums about such investigations during an interview.

In an interview with Fox News, DeVos criticized Biden for saying he would roll back her school select plans.

“Today he’s turned his back on the kids that we’re talking about and he’s turned his face in favor of the teachers uniting and what they have to say and what they have to demand and it’s actually scandalous, ” DeVos said.

Politico reported that the Department of Education likewise sent out the Fox News clip in an email distribution under the heading “From the Desk of The Secretary.”

The Department of Education did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication but a spokesperson told Politico: “The Secretary was asked to respond to oft-repeated criticism of her and her policies, and she defended her policies, including discussing its own history of that criticism. The Hatch Act does not proscribe that kind of exchange with a reporter. Case closed. Of track, we will cooperate with OSC, should they choose to open an investigation of this frivolous complaint.”

DeVos is not the first official in President Donald Trump’s administration to be investigated under the Hatch Act.

Multiple events at the Republican National Convention were criticized for violating the ethics constitution, including when Cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and behaving Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf, made appearances and speeches.

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