US ELECTION | Federal Watchdog Probing Trump Campaign’s Use Of White House: Lawmaker

WASHINGRON – The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign’s use of the White House as an Election Day command center violated federal law, Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell said on Thursday.

In a statement, Pascreel said the federal watchdog responded on Thursday to his call for a probe, telling him a special unit ‘has opened an investigation into these allegations to determine if the Harch Act was violated’.

President Donald Trump monitored election returns in the living room of the White House residence on Tuesday, later addressing some 200 supporters gathered in the East Room.

Pascrell has asked the special counsel, Henry Kerner, to investigate reports suggesting that Trump used space in the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building – on the ground of the White House – as a campaign ‘war room’.

The New Jersey lawmaker said Trump was also expected to be briefed in the White House residence and the Oval Office throughout the day by campaign officials, which he said put executive branch officials at risk of violating federal law.

The Hatch Act of 1939 limits the political activities of federal employees, expect the president and vice president.

The White House denied any violation of the federal law. ‘Both the officials activity of Administration officials, as well as any political activity undertaken by members of the Administration, are conducted in compliance with the Hatch Act’, said spokesman Judd Deere.

No comment was immediately available from the Office of the Special Counsel.

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Saudi Arabia Allows Full Capacity At Sports Stadiums, Facilities

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Saudi Arabia Allows Capacity At Mecca’s Grand Mosque As COVID – 19 Rules Eased

PARIS, France – The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia operated at full capacity on Sunday, with worshippers praying shoulder – to – shoulder for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. This comes after Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry approved easing the country’s strict COVID – 19 precautionary … More Saudi Arabia Allows Capacity At Mecca’s Grand Mosque As COVID – 19 Rules Eased

Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls

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PARIS, France – Demand for energy and especially natural gas is peaking, the oil minister of the United Arab Emirates said on Thursday, adding that it was important to maintain balance in the market. The minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of an energy forum in Moscow, also said that the United Arab Emirates … More UAE Oil Minister Says Energy Demand Peaking, Important To Maintain Market Balance

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