Obama won’t punish HUD chief Julian Castro for violating Hatch Act

Obama won’t punish HUD chief Julian Castro for violating Hatch Act
Julian Castro, Obama's man in the criminal's corner.

President Obama won’t discipline Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro for violating a rule prohibiting federal officials from making personal political statements while presenting themselves in an official capacity.

The White House confirmed on Tuesday that Castro, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, won’t face any punishment after he apologized for breaching the Hatch Act during an April interview with Yahoo News’s Katie Couric.

“I think, to his credit, Secretary Castro acknowledged the mistake that he made,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

“He owned up to it, and he’s taken the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again,” Earnest told reporters.

“I think that’s the expectation that people have when you make a mistake, particularly in a situation like this.”

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) released a report on Monday concluding that Castro has shared his personal political views of the presidential candidates, including Clinton and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, while acting in an official capacity.

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