White House denies Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act

08 March, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • White House Counsellor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbour Maryland U.S. F

On at least two occasions previous year, Kellyanne Conway, a close White House aide to President Donald Trump, violated a law that prohibits government employees from engaging in political campaigns, according to a report published Tuesday by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

That investigatory office said it has sent its report on Conway's actions to Trump for "appropriate disciplinary action".

Strike two for Conway occurred on December 6, when she appeared on CNN's "New Day" show, and asked voters to support Moore over Jones.

The White House dismissed Tuesday's report.

Conway is far from the first person in a high-profile role to violate the Hatch Act. (By the way, that isn't the same office investigating Russian meddling.) Conway's November 20 appearance on "Fox & Friends" is under scrutiny. Weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes.

Conway, who served as Trump's campaign manager before taking on her role as White House senior counselor, has previously run afoul of Shaub and other presidential ethics experts who criticized her for publicly endorsing the clothing and jewelry line sold by Trump's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump.

"Doug Jones in Alabama. folks, don't be fooled", Conway said. "He's bad for property owners", she said.

In a "Fox & Friends" interview on November 20, during which she was introduced as "counselor to the president", Conway advocated against Jones, who she called a "doctrinaire liberal".

The White House later said her praise for the products was inadvertent, and no disciplinary action was taken.

"While federal employees may express their views about candidates as private citizens, the Hatch Act restricts employees from using their official government positions for partisan political purposes", Kerner's letter said.

"I'm telling you, we want the votes in the Senate to get the tax bill through", Conway replied.

Government officials found to have violated the Hatch Act can be fired, suspended, or demoted, and fined up to $1,000.

The White House Counsel's office had maintained Conway's remarks were part of a broader discussion on the prospects for the president's agenda, and were not intended as advocacy for or against a candidate.

"It makes one question whether she even understands her responsibilities as a public official", Clark told Business Insider.

The White House responded to the OSC in a statement Tuesday denying that Conway's remarks previous year on Fox and CNN were any more than an "obvious" statement of Trump's views.

Conway is not the first Trump administration member to come under scrutiny around the act.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is not related to the investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.



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