“When Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for Jemele Hill to be fired by ESPN, she crossed the line and put herself in dubious legal territory,” Coalition Chairman Jon Cooper said in a statement, according to The Wrap.
“For Sanders to publicly call for the dismissal of a Trump critic is bizarre and disturbing, to say the least,” Cooper added. “If anyone is to be fired, it should be her.”
By law, certain government employees, including any executive branch employees, cannot influence the employment decisions of private companies or institutions“solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”
“This is yet another example of the Trump White House’s blatant disregard for the Constitution and its authoritarian efforts to quiet dissenters,”Nate Lerner, the group’s Executive Director, said. “It is of the utmost importance that we hold the Trump administration accountable for this illicit behavior and protect our democratic institutions.”
If Sanders is tried and found guilty, she could face a fine or up to 15 years in prison.