Watchdog group says Psaki violated ethics law by appearing to endorse McAuliffe

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a watchdog group argued that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki violated the Hatch Act when she appeared to endorse Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who is running for election to his old post.

Psaki said in a statement  “While the president has publicly expressed his support for McAuliffe, we’ll leave it to the press and the campaign to provide commentary on the race. I take ethics very seriously and will choose my words more carefully moving forward.”

Thursday, former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wrote on Twitter “Why does the media not hold  @PressSec accountable for potential Hatch Act violations?”

“She has twice advocated for political candidates from the podium,” Kayleigh continued.

“There is no problem in engaging in First Amendment political activity, but it must be done separate and apart from the podium,” she added.