The news is out: [WASHINGTON—White House trade adviser Peter Navarro knowingly violated the law when he criticized then-presidential candidate Joe Biden earlier this year in television appearances and on social media while in his official capacity as a government employee, according to federal investigators.
In a report released on Monday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a permanent office of investigators and prosecutors, found that Mr. Navarro had violated the Hatch Act by using his authority as a Trump administration official to influence the 2020 presidential election.
The 1939 ethics law restricts federal employees’ political activity and their use of federal resources for politics. While violations can have career-ending consequences for lower-level federal employees, top officials have rarely faced significant punishment for breaching it.]
There is zero consequence when politicians break the law. That’s why they do it over and over.