Pompeo under investigation for potentially violating Hatch Act with RNC speech

An investigation has been opened into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated the Hatch Act in his speech to the Republican National Convention, two top Democrats confirmed on Monday.

Democratic Reps. Eliot Engel, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Nita Lowey, chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, released a statement that said the Office of Special Counsel is evaluating whether the nation’s top diplomat violated the 1993 law that is designed to restrict federal employees, other than the president and vice president, from engaging in political activity while in their official capacity.

At issue is Pompeo delivering a speech from Jerusalem, Israel, to the convention in August.
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