Trump encouraged staff to break the law, the former press secretary says

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Former president Donald Trump encouraged staff to feel free to break the law, her former press officer Stephanie Grisham said CNN‘S Jim Acosta on Saturday.

Grisham’s revelations came just days after a federal investigative report revealed that at least 13 former Trump officials violated the Act of hatching mixing their duties of government with the countryside.

They did so without consequences and with the approval of the administration as part of a “voluntary disregard for the Hatch Act, “Which prevents officials from using their platforms to influence elections, the Special Council Office’s report concluded.

“In the White House, when we got Hatch Act violations, that was a badge of honor,” Grisham told Acosta.

“It was a joke in the White House. The president used to tell us, ‘Do you know who is responsible for the Hatch Act? It’s me, [so] go ahead, say what you want to say. ‘”

Due to his contempt for the law, Trump will continue to try to thwart a request for documents by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 uprising, Grisham believes. It will also continue to encourage former aides to ignore subpoenas to testify, he said.

Steve Bannon, who ignored his subpoena, will now wear his indictment of criminal offense of Congress as a “badge of honor” and use it to raise money, Grisham added.

As for the Hatch Act, one of the cheeky offenders was the former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, a former senior assistant to the White House Jared Kushner, former press officer Kayleigh McEnany, support worker Kellyanne Conway and one-off senior political advisor Stefano Miller, observes the report.

“Failure to apply the discipline created the conditions for what appeared to be one taxpayer-financed campaign apparatus within the upper echelons of the executive branch, “the report said.

The behavior exhibited by the “willingness of the Trump administration to manipulate government affairs for partisan political ends,” he added.

Watch Grisham’s full interview in the video above. His comments on the Hatch Act begin at 2:00 am.

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