The largest US union of federal workers on Tuesday announced that it is suing to reduce rules that inhibit workers from criticizing the US President and other government officials. The American Federation of Government Employees which has a membership of over 700,000, made the announcement. There are concerns that the those who criticize the President could be punished or could be weaponized by politically motivated managers for free speech. Last fall, according to a piece on ABC News, attributed to Anne Flaherty, the Office of Special Counsel or OSC, warned workers not to openly call for impeachment nor engage in lobbying for a specific candidate.
The lawyers for President Trump have been discussing “Deep State” and say that it is a threat as they could undermine the White House from within the government. The Hatch Act as it is called prevents federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities but it does not apply to the president and vice-president. More specifically, the employee must not engage in directed statements that promote the success or failure of a candidate for partisan political office.