U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is facing investigation for potentially violating the Hatch Act after her department promoted a Fox News interview, in which she criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
During a Sept. 1 interview with Fox News, DeVos expressed frustration that Joe Biden, who had defended federal-sponsored school choice programs decades ago, no longer supports the cause and allows teachers' unions to shape his education platform.
"The premeditated nature and dissemination of the video of Secretary DeVos's political attacks on Joe Biden from the Department of Education and Secretary DeVos's Twitter account shows that this was a coordinated campaign, political attack on Joe Bidden [sic] from Secretary DeVos intended to damage Joe Biden's campaign," the complaint stated.
Angela Morabito, an Education Department spokeswoman, said in a statement that the complaint against DeVos is merely an allegation.
"The Secretary was asked to respond to oft-repeated criticism of her and her policies, and she defended her policies, including discussing the history of that criticism," Morabito said in a statement. "The Hatch Act does not prohibit that kind of exchange with a journalist. Case closed. Of course, we will cooperate with OSC, should they choose to open an investigation of this frivolous complaint."
The OSC said in a statement that, at this time, it can neither comment on nor confirm whether it have "any specific open Hatch Act investigations." It also noted that the findings of investigations are typically only disclosed to the complainant and the subject of the complaint.