Biden Official Found Guilty of Ethics Violation

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm addresses reporters Thursday April 8, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith). Via Wikimedia Commons.

The Daily Caller reported Thursday that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm violated a federal ethics law by praising the Democratic Party in a live interview:

Granholm violated the Hatch Act of 1939, which prohibits federal employees from participating in political speech or campaigning activities, when she was interviewed for a Marie Claire Instagram Live video on Oct. 6, 2021, according to the OSC report.

Because Granholm was appointed by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she must adhere to the Hatch Act, which limits her political speech while serving in her official capacity, the OSC stated.

“OSC has concluded that Secretary Granholm engaged in political activity when she gave this response promoting the electoral success of the Democratic Party. Specifically, when asked what viewers could do to ensure that certain legislation gets passed, Secretary Granholm began her answer by commenting that Democrats now have a majority in the House and the Senate, which is ‘good news,’” the OSC continued.

Granholm praised the Democratic Party’s “bare majority” in her Marie Claire interview after previously answering questions “related to her official position as the head of the Department of Energy,” the OSC reported.

The OSC found that Granholm also instructed the audience in the interview to vote for Democrat candidates.

“With respect to the Marie Claire interview, OSC has concluded that Secretary Granholm violated the Hatch Act,” OSC stated. “However, we are not recommending disciplinary action and have issued her a warning letter.”


    1. Notably, if Granholm were a Republican, she would have been instantly run out of office – – no questions asked.

  1. a warning was issued. How nice. This whole administration is in contempt of this country. They hate everyone without a D by their name.

  2. Nothing to see here. You have been a very bad girl. Here’s your warning letter. Don’t do it again. Have a nice day.
    Imagine how the dems heads would explode if this had been a Trump admin cabinet secretary.

  3. If she had been a republican there would be no warning just punishment!!! Give me a break!! Same ole crap demo’s get a pass!!! Come on mid terms to get them OUT!!!!!!
    She knew what she was doing but also knew she would not face any punishment!!!!!
    Cheap trick!!

  4. The source article said OSC justified giving only a warning by saying Ms. Granholm had not been on the job long enough to learn all of the rules. The claim that Jennifer Granholm didn’t know she couldn’t use her office to promote the Democrat Party is a bit hard to believe. Ms. Granholm has had two previous federal positions: Law Clerk, U. S. Court of Appeals, 1988-1989, and federal prosecutor for Detroit, 1990 (during a Republican administration!). The Hatch Act existed long before she held these positions.


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