Ex-WH Ethics Chief: Sarah Sanders’ Restaurant Tweet Broke Federal Law

Former OGE director Walter Shaub told White House press secretary Sarah Sanders via Twitter she had broken ethics laws.

According to former Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ Saturday morning tweet regarding a Virginia restaurant manager asking her to leave the establishment violated ethics laws.

The incident, which occured Friday evening, involved the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., and Sanders was asked to leave due to her position within the Trump administration.

“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for [President Trump] and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted. “Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.”

Shaub called out the press secretary on Twitter, informing Sanders her tweet – which was issued by her official White House account – violated ethics laws and explaining why.

“Sarah, I know you don’t care even a tiny little bit about the ethics rules, but using your official account for this is a clear violation of 5 CFR 2635.702(a),” Shaub tweeted Saturday, referencing the law that states government employees cannot use public office for private gain.

“It’s the same as if [a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] agent pulled out his badge when a restaurant tried to throw him/her out,” he added.

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