New findings have revealed that a top Biden administration official broke federal law by using her position to promote Democrats.
Biden’s Energy Secretary and former Michigan Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm violated the Hatch Act during an October 2021 interview where she used her office to promote Democratic candidates.
The violation was revealed after watchdog group Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT) requested that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) investigate comments Granholm made to media outlet Marie Clare on October 6, 2021.
During the interview, Granholm said it was “good news … voting gave Democrats a bare majority (in Congress),” before attempting to clarify by stating she was “using Democrats as a substitute for the policies that you believe in, the policies that you would like to see happen,” the Detroit Free Press reported.
Following its investigation, the OSC reached the determination that Granholm’s comments crossed the line as they were “directed at the success of the Democratic Party.”
Per usual, the Democrat will face no consequences for breaking the law as the special counsel decided not to pursue disciplinary action and instead simply give her a warning, writing that she had not received “significant” training on the Hatch Act before making those comments.
Granholm was sworn in as energy secretary in late February 2021, more than seven months prior to making the comments about Democratic candidates.
“Secretary Granholm has been advised that if in the future she engages in prohibited political activity while employed in a position covered by the Hatch Act, we will consider such activity to be a willful and knowing violation of the law,” the OSC letter sent to FACT on June 9 said.
The Hatch Act was designed to prohibit federal government employees from engaging in “activity directed at the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group – while the employee is on duty, in any federal room or building, while wearing a uniform or official insignia, or using any federally owned or leased vehicle.”
A Department of Energy spokesperson confirmed that Granholm had received a warning from the OSC.
“Secretary Granholm takes her ethics obligations seriously,” the spokesperson claimed, according to Fox News. “And, she remains laser focused on delivering President Biden’s equitable clean energy agenda which will help lower energy costs for American families and enhance our nation’s security.”
However, this is not the first time Granholm has broken the law while serving as energy secretary. In 2021, she broke the STOCK Act — a law that requires top federal officials to disclose their asset transactions within a 45-day window — at least 9 times.
The dates of Granholm’s stock sales ranged from April to late October, according to federal disclosure documents first reported by Business Insider. But Granholm did not disclose any of them until mid-December, which was in some cases a full 6 months after the deadline to report the sale had passed…