WASHINGTON – Two law professors filed a complaint with the US State Department Inspector General, alleging that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo committed an “egregious violation” of American law by delivering a videotaped speech from Israel. before the Republican National Convention.
According to the complaint, filed Wednesday night, Pompeo’s speech violated the Hatch Act of 1939, which prohibits mixing political activity with government responsibilities,
Previous secretaries of state have done their best to avoid the appearance of partisan political activity, particularly during the nomination conventions for the governments in which they served.
During the speech, which was recorded during a diplomatic mission with Old Jerusalem as a backdrop, Pompeo praised President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.
He also praised the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an issue of particular importance to white evangelicals, who are a crucial electoral bloc for Trump, with the November elections a few months away.
“This video is an egregious violation of the Hatch Act,” wrote Claire O. Finkelstein and Richard W. Painter, two law professors.
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“Secretary Pompeo, while on a diplomatic mission in Israel, delivered a partisan political speech for a Republican National Convention campaign video in which he referred to the United States embassy in Israel, and said that a candidate in a partisan election, Donald Trump, should receive credit for the relocation of that embassy, ”he added.
The Trump administration argues that Pompeo’s comments did not violate the law because it focused on American politics.
But the speech broke a long-standing precedent at the State Department and even went against a guideline Pompeo himself sent to American diplomats last month, warning that federal law prevented them from openly taking sides during the campaign against the US. presidential elections.