White House defends Trump aide after legally questionable tweet

The White House on Sunday defended a top Trump aide from accusations he violated a federal law by calling for the defeat of a Republican congressman who opposed the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Social media director Dan Scavino on Saturday sent out a tweet targeting Rep. Justin Amash, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, which President Trump blamed for derailing the healthcare plan.

”@realDonaldTrump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. @justinamash is a big liability. #TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary,” Scavino wrote.

Daniel Jacobson, a lawyer in the Obama White House, said Scavino’s tweet violated the Hatch Act that restricts government employees from engaging in political activity.

The White House rejected that argument, saying Scavino used his “personal” account to send the message.

”Dana Scavino’s tweet does not violate the Hatch Act as it clearly comes from his personal account and not his official White House account,” the official said. “He created an official account upon entering the White House to ensure compliance with the Hatch Act and he has taken the necessary steps to ensure there is a clear distinction between both Twitter accounts.”

Amash (R-Mich.), who just won his fourth term in the House, brushed off the tweet with his own.

“Trump admin & Establishment have merged into #Trumpstablishment. Same old agenda: Attack conservatives, libertarians & independent thinkers.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the GOP-backed American Health Care Act on March 24 without a vote after its support dwindled.

Trump went on Twitter last week and declared war against the Freedom Caucus for scuttling the legislation.

”The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!,” he wrote on March 30.