Housing Secretary Julian Castro violated the federal Hatch Act restricting partisan political activity by federal employees when he praised Hillary Clinton during an interview conducted from his government office, according to government investigators.

The Washington Post's Anne Gearen reports on the investigation. She writes:

A report from the Office of Special Counsel delivered a mild rebuke to Castro for his handling of the April interview with Yahoo News. The seal of the Housing and Urban Development department was visible behind Castro as he answered questions from host Katie Couric about his support for Clinton, including his chances as running mate. (He said he did not think he would be chosen.)

The report found that Castro did not separate his role as HUD secretary well enough from his role as a Clinton supporter and referred the findings to President Obama. There was no immediate word on whether Obama planned to act on the findings.

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