President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he might deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House. But legal experts who spoke with Bloomberg warned that might not be a good idea.
The publication described the proposal as “a minefield of problems for the staff charged with putting such an event together.”
The Hatch Act forbids the use of government property and employees for political activities. Although the president and vice president are exempted from the federal law, their staff at the White House could face repercussions.
“There is a legitimate objection to this. It’s never been done before and it involves massive use of White House personnel,” Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer, told Bloomberg.
“If he has White House staffers there with him, if he starts to put on a show, they bring in bleachers, they bring in an audience, you get protesters outside and have to deal with that, at that point you’re using a lot of federal resources for purposes of putting on a political stunt,” Painter said.
Kedric Payne, the general counsel and senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, similarly told CNN that delivering an acceptance speech from the White House would be “an overt campaign act.”
“He’s been riding the line in making statements about Biden at White House events. This is beyond the line.”
Chris Wallace blames Trump for ‘awful’ debate: ‘He bears the primary responsibility for what happened’
Fox News host Chris Wallace on Thursday blamed President Donald Trump for what he admitted was an "awful" debate.
In his first TV appearance following Tuesday night's debate, Wallace noted that Trump had interrupted either Democrat Joe Biden or himself 145 times.
"He bears the primary responsibility for what happened on Tuesday," Wallace said. "At a certain point, 45 minutes in, I called a halt to the debate for a moment and said this really isn't serving America and please stop the interruptions."
Wallace complained that his team had spent "hundreds" of hours preparing for the debate only to have it spoiled by the president.
Trump’s plot to steal the election can be defeated — here’s how
During Tuesday night's debate, Donald Trump, who has gone pure fascist, once again escalated his efforts to scare people out of voting. He encouraged his followers to engage in voter intimidation under the guise of "poll watching," and told armed hate groups to "stand by." Trump also floated a number of baseless conspiracy theories about "voter fraud" that are clearly designed to discourage voting and rationalize legal efforts to stop votes from being counted.
As Democrats gain ground in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott dramatically cuts drop off boxes to one per county
Texas is in play and Governor Greg Abbott is doing everything he can to make sure Republicans stay in power.
At least four congressional seats could flip to Democrats, and Joe Biden is tightening Donald Trump's lead. Today Trump is ahead of Biden by just 3.2 percentage points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Governor Abbott is taking action – to make it harder for Texans to vote.
He's just issued a proclamation cutting ballot drop off boxes to just one per county "to maintain the integrity of our elections," Abbott says, calling it his duty.