Special counsel: Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act, should be removed

Lester Mason
June 14, 2019

She said that in the case of Kellyanne Conway, President Trump's senior counselor, the Office of the Special Counsel had no choice but to recommend that she be canned because she had ignored repeated warnings.

A White House spokesman calls the Office of Special Counsel's actions "deeply flawed".

"Because Kellyanne Conway is a presidential appointee, the Office of Special Counsel itself does not have authority to discipline her", said Daniel Jacobson, who worked at the White House Counsel's Office under President Obama advising on ethics and compliance matters.

In March of past year, the OSC found Conway in violation of the Hatch Act when she promoted then-U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore's Alabama special election campaign.

In the past, Trump has privately dismissed concerns about the Hatch Act, sympathizing with aides found to have violated it, according to current and former White House officials.

"If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations of the law would nearly certainly result in removal from her federal position by the Merit Systems Protection Board", wrote Kerner.

A summary of the investigation into Conway stated that beginning in February, Conway engaged in a pattern of partisan attacks on Democratic presidential candidates.

Conway declined to respond to the special counsel's report, as she did in 2018, the office said.

"OSC respectfully requests that Ms. Conway be held to the same standards as all other federal employees, and, as such, you find the removal from federal service to be appropriate disciplinary action", he wrote.

"Ms. Conway, while maintaining her position in the White House, represents the administration", Hempwitz said.

Conway's verified Twitter account, while not an official White House page, includes "Counselor" in its description.

Kerner also added that OSC had been in discussions with the Trump administration "for weeks" and said the letter was not issued out of the blue.

The Hatch Act prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government from engaging in some forms of political activity.

Whatever the merits of these legal arguments, what the report seems to expect is that anyone at the White House below the president himself should have to take political abuse from the media and the opposition but is forbidden to respond.

"I think that if I had violated the Hatch Act, yeah [Obama] would have fired me", she said during an exclusive interview with FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Thursday. 'Let me know when the jail sentence starts'.

"It can not supply a basis for prohibiting an adviser to the President from commenting on a competing policy proposal or the individual who offers it simply because that individual is also running for President", Cipollone said.

Conway, a former pollster, has been a fiery defender of Trump, doing so during frequent appearances on cable TV news programs and in talks with reporters at the White House. When Mrs. Conway was referring to them, he said, she was generally talking about their policies.

Cummings is also interested in whether Conway has divested her assets or is still involved in The Polling Company, which Conway founded.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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