Trump says he won't fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act violations

Lester Mason
June 14, 2019

The White House previously defended Conway in a statement released shortly after the OSC recommendation, wherein they also pointed to Conway's right to free speech. "It looks to me like they're trying to take away her right of free speech".

The OSC - which is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's office - informed Trump on Thursday that Conway has been a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity on TV and social media.

Calling in to Fox & Friends to speak on a number of his favorite topics ("No one has accomplished more in two and a half years", Trump boasted of himself, with Doocey smiling and shaking his head in the affirmative), Trump dismissed Kilmeade's question about Conway.

Trump said it would be ridiculous for her to decline to answer questions during her media interviews, especially if she was responding to attacks from political candidates. "I think she's a tremendous person, she's loyal, she's a great person".

"No, I'm not going to fire her", he said.

"You ask them a question, you ask a person a question, and every time you are supposed to say I can't answer, I can't answer?"

Watch above, via Fox News.

Counsellor to the US President, Kellyanne Conway during a news conference in 2017. "I am a Trump appointee - I have no animus toward Kellyanne whatsoever". "My job is to make sure the federal workforce stay as depoliticized and as fair as possible".

He said the office should retract the report, demanded documents related to the document's preparation, and asked the watchdog to engage in dialogue with the White House.

"The White House issued a nine-page letter saying the report was based on ".numerous grave legal, factual, and procedural errors", and argued that the OSC's "unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process".

In its conclusion, the OSC said that Conway "has substantial knowledge of the Hatch Act and was previously found to have violated the law by engaging in similar conduct".

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