A left-leaning “ethics watchdog” accused Joe Biden’s loyal spin master, Jen Psaki, of violating the law after the White House press secretary endorsed a political candidate in a marquee election from the briefing room podium.
According to The Daily Wire, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW) claimed that Psaki broke the Hatch Act when she endorsed Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead of a gubernatorial race in the Old Dominion State — only to back down after she apologized.
In a briefing Thursday, Psaki had been asked about the upcoming governors’ race on Nov. 2 between McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin when she blatantly threw the White House behind the Democrat.
“Look, I think the president, of course, wants former Governor McAuliffe to be the future governor of Virginia,” Psaki said, according to a White House transcript. “But, again, we’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”
CREW filed a complaint citing the Hatch Act, a seldom enforced statute that bans government officials from engaging in political activity on the job.
But after Psaki told CNN that she would choose her words more carefully in the future, CREW issued an ingratiating statement saying they were satisfied that Psaki is committed to “ethics” in government.
“We look forward to a renewed commitment to compliance with the Hatch Act from the administration,” the group said, according to the New York Post.
CREW certainly appears to be going easy on Biden, a contrast with the group’s scorched-earth approach to Donald Trump, whose advisers the group pushed to be fired.
Indeed, CREW used the moment to bash not Psaki — a ruthless spin artist who has defended Biden as the most ethical president in history — but Trump, saying they appreciate the Biden administration “reaffirming their commitment to ethics and to the law, something all too rare in recent years,” as the Post reported.
If CREW was really interested in fair and transparent government, Biden is giving them plenty to complain about — but CREW does not appear to have spoken out on Hunter Biden’s sleazy art career.
This seems to be a pattern, as CREW fought efforts by Republican senators to get financial records about Hunter Biden’s business deals in Ukraine as well. CREW also wholeheartedly supports the Biden White House’s brazenly political persecution of the Jan. 6 “insurrectionists.”
It appears that CREW wants to look evenhanded by giving Biden a slap on the wrist for relatively minor offenses, but like the mainstream media that function as Biden’s propagandists, they have no real desire to hold Biden accountable for his reckless, corrupt, and authoritarian actions.