Housing Secretary Julian Castro has long been touted as Hillary Clinton’s top Vice Presidential pick. That’s why it came as very bad news to her this week when an investigation found that he had violated federal law by expressing support for Clinton’s candidacy in an interview with Yahoo News back in April.
“Clinton is the most experienced, thoughtful, and prepared candidate for president that we have this year,” Castro told Katie Couric in the interview, according to The Political Insider.
An investigative report submitted to President Obama Monday by the Office of Special Counsel found that this statement violated the Hatch Act which forbids anyone in the executive branch, with the exception of the president and the vice president, from using his or her official position to engage in political activity. The Office of Special Counsel, which enforces the Hatch Act, revealed that Castro “impermissibly mixed his personal political views with official government agency business.”
Since it’s up to Obama’s White House to impose any charges, Castro will likely dodge jail for this offense. However, this could affect who Clinton chooses as a running mate, as she definitely does not want to be associated with any more criminals other than herself.
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