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Politics Conservatives Attack Kamala Harris, Jen Psaki Over Virginia Governor's Race 'Violations'

00:30  18 october  2021
00:30  18 october  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Vice President Kamala Harris is being accused of helping Virginia churches break federal law prohibiting tax-exempt churches from engaging in overt political activity.What is Harris doing?More than 300 "black churches" across Virginia will reportedly view a pre-recorded message from Harris over the Anything else? White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared to skirt the Hatch Act last week when she seemingly endorsed McAuliffe during a press briefing from the White House. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed an ethics complaint over Psaki ' s remarks.

Yesterday Psaki was asked if the White House saw the Virginia Governor ’ s election as a “bellwether” and whether the outcome of that race would be “a progress report on the president’s agenda.” Psaki started her response by saying she needed to be careful about what she said from the podium but then quickly went beyond being careful. Ms. Psaki appears to have violated the Hatch Act in her October 14 press briefing by impermissibly mixing official government business with advocacy for former Governor McAuliffe’s election.

Conservatives politicians and figureheads are calling out Vice President Kamala Harris and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for alleged campaign law "violations."

Kamala Harris and Jen Psaki are being hounded by conservatives over alleged campaign law © Spencer Platt/Getty Images Kamala Harris and Jen Psaki are being hounded by conservatives over alleged campaign law "violations." In this photo, Harris speaks at a campaign stop on May 15, 2019 in Nashua, New Hampshire, during her own presidential campaign.

Harris recently appeared on video in which she speaks of her support for former Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is running again for the same office. Psaki, meanwhile, said that the Biden administration supports McAuliffe's agenda and is working to support his campaign. But conservatives allege that Harris' and Psaki's gestures go against IRS law and the Hatch Act, respectively—the latter of which many figures within the previous Trump administration were found to have violated.

Biden press secretary Jen Psaki may have violated ethics law with comment on Virginia race, watchdog says

  Biden press secretary Jen Psaki may have violated ethics law with comment on Virginia race, watchdog says CREW said Psaki's alleged ethics breach was nowhere near as egregious as the many Hatch Act violations in former President Donald Trump's administration.But the group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, also said that Psaki's alleged breach of the Hatch Act was nowhere near as egregious as the mountain of similar ethics complaints that piled up during former President Donald Trump's administration.

Virginia ’ s tight Governor race faces the Trump factor. MSNBC. Climate change policy likely to be cut from spending bill. In an accompanying release, CREW President Noah Bookbinder said Psaki ' s potential violation paled in comparison to "the outrageous offenses of the Trump administration." Asked about the complaint in an interview with CNN on Friday, Psaki said she would be more careful next time.

During the briefing, Psaki acknowledged that she could not make an endorsement from the podium, saying, "I have to be a little careful about how much political analysis I do from here, and not, not traipse into that too much." She then told reporters: "We're going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe CREW took issue with that particular answer, saying in a news release that Psaki acknowledged the limitations that the Hatch Act puts on the statements she could make from the podium. However, the group believed that she stepped over the line with her comment.

Trending Politics, a conservative news outlet, noted that Harris's appearance may violate an IRS law that bans churches and charities defined as 501(c)(3) organizations from being involved in political campaigns. The clip is scheduled to air in front of around 300 predominantly Black church congregations, according to CNN.

"I believe that my friend Terry McAuliffe is the leader Virginia needs at this moment," Harris says in the video.

"Kamala Harris has recorded a video endorsing Terry McAuliffe for governor of Virginia, which will be played in more than 300 Black churches," Tim Murtaugh, former communication director for Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, tweeted. "Two things: 1) This is expressly illegal according to federal law. 2) Do they think Harris will actually help McAuliffe?"

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  Psaki Says Trump 'Incited Insurrection,' Pressured DOJ to 'Propagate Lies' Psaki stated that there was "hardly a comparison" between the actions of the former president and the actions of the Biden Administration.During the daily White House press briefing, Psaki was asked by Peter Doocy, the White House correspondent for Fox News, about a promise President Biden had made during the campaign that he would not use the DOJ in a similar manner.

Recent polls show the race a dead heat with each having leads inside the margin of error. Harris calls on churchgoers to vote for McAuliffe after church. (Photos) CNN posted a copy of the video in two parts. President Biden will undergo a physical examination soon but no specific date has been set, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a news briefing Thursday. Video from the briefing shows Psaki fielding questions from Playboy reporter Brian Karem as she donned a face mask and prepared to leave the White House briefing room after a session with a roomful of journalists."Hey Jen

During the briefing, Psaki acknowledged that she could not make an endorsement from the podium, saying, “I have to be a little careful about how much political analysis I do from here, and not, not traipse into that too much.” She then told reporters: “We’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe CREW took issue with that particular answer, saying in a news release that Psaki acknowledged the limitations that the Hatch Act puts on the statements she could make from the podium. However, the group believed that she stepped over the line with her comment.

Newsweek has reached out to the White House for a response.

Meanwhile, the issues raised against Psaki stem from a response she gave during a Thursday press conference. She said that the Biden administration supports McAuliffe's agenda and his campaign.

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who served under Trump, took to Twitter to amplify accusations that this constituted a violation of the Hatch Act. Known officially as the "Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities," the Hatch Act precludes most members of the executive branch—with the exception of the president and vice president—from being involved in any partisan political campaigns.

More Than 440,000 Ballots Already Cast in Virginia 2 Weeks Out From Election Day

  More Than 440,000 Ballots Already Cast in Virginia 2 Weeks Out From Election Day Recent polling has suggested the governor's race in Virginia remains close two weeks out from the November 2 election.Citing data from the Virginia Department of Elections, VPAP reported 444,690 ballots were cast as of Monday. Of those early ballots returned, 284,511 were cast in person and 160,179 were mail-in ballots. The total number of ballots cast with two weeks remaining until polls close on November 2 is already more than double the number of early votes cast during the state's last gubernatorial election in 2017—when VPAP reported fewer than 200,000 voters cast their ballots before Election Day.

Psaki 's comments related to Virginia 's gubernatorial race on November 2 between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP political newcomer and businessman, Glenn Youngkin. "I'm curious if the White House sees the Virginia governor ' s race as a bellwether," a reporter asked Psaki during a A British lawmaker from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party was stabbed to death on Friday in a church by a man who attacked him at a meeting with voters from his district.David Amess, the member of parliament for Southend West, in Essex, England, was targeted at around midday at a

During the briefing, Psaki acknowledged that she could not make an endorsement from the podium, saying, “I have to be a little careful about how much political analysis I do from here, and not, not traipse into that too much.” She then told reporters: “We’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe CREW took issue with that particular answer, saying in a news release that Psaki acknowledged the limitations that the Hatch Act puts on the statements she could make from the podium. However, the group believed that she stepped over the line with her comment.

"Why does the media not hold @PressSec accountable for potential Hatch Act violations?" McEnany tweeted. "She has twice advocated for political candidates from the podium. There is no problem in engaging in First Amendment political activity, but it must be done separate and apart from the podium."

The Office of the Special Counsel, the government body that enforces the Hatch Act, determined that numerous members of the Trump administration violated the rule, according to advocacy group Citizens for Ethics. Many more alleged instances of these violations came during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, including ones by Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Andrew Guiliani. The group reported that all of these alleged instances were, as of November 2020, under review as potential violations.

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  Former Carlyle Group CEO could knock Democrats out of Virginia's governor's office. Here's what to know Without any other big races this fall, all eyes are on Virginia as Democrats try to weather a decline in President Joe Biden's approval ratings.Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and Republican Glenn Youngkin, are polling neck-and-neck in the commonwealth's gubernatorial race.

McEnany herself was also accused of violating the Hatch Act when she spoke in support of Trump's re-election and urged an investigation into the "Joe Biden-Hunter Biden situation" while on the White House grounds in her then-official capacity as press secretary.

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