NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A former Trump official is admitting she’s abusing her position by tricking NYCHA residents in sounding like they support Donald Trump.
In the video, one NYCHA resident said, “Bill de Blasio and the way he treats public housing residents is disgraceful … President Trump’s administration has opened his ears and listened.”
As an administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under former President Trump, Lynne Patton interview NYCHA residents about their housing conditions.
“The agreement was that we would tell our story about public housing. That was not done, ”Quinones told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.
After a two-minute video aired at RNC in August, many prominent tenants said they had been tricked into showing their support for Trump.
“We didn’t subscribe to that,” said Quinones.
The Citizen Responsibility and Ethics nonprofit in Washington filed a Patton complaint and on Tuesday, the US Office of Special Counsel said she had “misused the jurisdiction of the joint position. state to support campaign Trump in violation of the Hatch Act. “
According to the agency, as part of the civil settlement, Patton admitted the violation. She was banned from joining the federal office for 4 years and had to pay a fine of $ 1,000.
“The real culprit is Trump. That’s not Lynne Patton. They threw her under the bus, ”Quinones said.
In a statement to The Washington Post on Tuesday, Patton stated that she had obtained permission from HUD’s general counsel and followed their instructions against T.