Lynne Patton, Former Trump Aide And HUD Official, Barred From Federal Employment

Written by on April 6, 2021

Lynne Patton, a former Trump administration official, has been fined and barred from federal employment for 4 years after violating the Hatch Act, the U.S. Workplace of Particular Counsel introduced Tuesday. 

The investigative company introduced a settlement with Patton, who oversaw Housing and City Improvement in New York and New Jersey beginning in 2017, and mentioned she misused her workplace to assist former President Donald Trump’s failed 2020 re-election effort. 

In 2019, as a regional head of HUD, Patton introduced her plan to spend a month dwelling in New York public housing. The Workplace of Particular Counsel mentioned she inappropriately used her place when she later recruited one of many residents she had met to seek out different residents who would say optimistic issues about Trump for a video that may air on the Republican Nationwide Conference. 

“By utilizing data and NYCHA connections accessible to her solely by advantage of her HUD place, Patton improperly harnessed the authority of her federal place to help the Trump marketing campaign in violation of the Hatch Act,” the workplace mentioned in a press launch.

Along with her four-year ban from federal employment, Patton pays a $1,000 positive. The announcement will seemingly provoke discussions about different potential Hatch Act violators, together with Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway, advisers who continuously made political statements whereas serving of their official roles.

Patton’s highly effective function in HUD was broadly criticized from the second Trump appointed her. Patton, like former HUD Secretary Ben Carson, had no expertise in housing coverage earlier than Trump picked her to guide Area 2, the densely populated area together with New York and New Jersey. Previous to working in HUD, the place she briefly labored because the secretary’s adviser, Patton was an aide to the Trump household and the previous president’s son, Eric Trump. 

In 2019, throughout her temporary keep in New York public housing, many residents and co-tenants considered the stint as a publicity stunt. Patton brazenly condemned public housing situations and blamed them solely on officers in New York Metropolis, who have been frequent targets of the previous president. In actuality, consultants have mentioned continued cuts to HUD are liable for the shortage of reasonably priced, high quality housing in the USA. Trump proposed slashing billions of {dollars} from HUD’s funds in his 2021 fiscal plan made public final 12 months. 

In 2019, Patton controversially claimed she’d been given clearance from “the Trump household” to take part in a actuality present whereas working as a high-ranking HUD official.


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