Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Federal Watchdog Recommends Kellyanne Conway’s Removal for Hatch Act Violations

Federal Watchdog Recommends Kellyanne Conway’s Removal for Hatch Act Violations

The watchdog agency made its recommendation to remove Conway from the federal office after concluding that Conway violated a USA law, known as the Hatch Act, which bars government employees from engaging in political campaign activity.

The White House immediately rejected the special counsel office's ruling and demanded that it withdraw its report.

White House spokesman Steven Groves called the agency's decision "deeply flawed" and said it violated Conway's constitutional rights to free speech and due process. "... Its choices seem like influenced by media tension and liberal organizations - and most definitely OSC needs to be unsleeping of its hang mandate to behave in a attractive, honest, non-political formula, and no longer misread or weaponize the Hatch Act".

"If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations of the law would nearly certainly result in removal from her federal position", he wrote.

The difference between me and Kellyanne Conway, and the [OSC] pointed this out, she violated the Hatch Act, and instead of saying, 'Look, I'm going to take these efforts to make sure that doesn't happen again, ' she said, 'To hell with it.

The OSC determined that Conway violated the law by "disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in an official capacity during television interviews and on social media".

"In interview after interview, she uses her official capacity to disparage announced candidates, which is not allowed", Kerner, a 2017 Trump appointee, told the Post. Trump's former United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, was found to have violated the law when she retweeted Trump's endorsement of a congressional candidate. The Office of White House Counsel contacted Conway after her Fox & Friends interview to remind her of the law's restrictions, and Conway and other White House Office employees were sent further guidance on matters related to the Hatch Act just two days before the New Day interview. The Office of Special Counsel said you violated it.

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The Office of Special Counsel - not to be confused with Robert Mueller and the special counsel's office - described Conway as a "repeat offender", which is true. "Never has (the office) had to issue multiple reports to the President concerning Hatch Act violations by the same individual".

"If they don't take action against her, the Hatch Act is meaningless".

The president, vice-president and some varied excessive level officers are no longer lumber by the 1939 Hatch Act.

Mr. Kerner, though, said there were "numerous aggravating factors" against Mrs. Conway, including repeated warnings she has ignored. That board imposes discipline against anywhere from six to a dozen civil servants a year for Hatch Act violations, which range from suspension without pay for 30 to 90 days to firing, Kerner said.

He said he would hold a hearing with the OSC on June 26 and invite Conway to "answer for her violations". But as those briefings have dried up, less formal "gaggles" have occurred daily in the White House's north driveway after Sanders and others do television interviews.

Let's start with that second part first.

She has remained defiant throughout the special counsel investigation and has declined to respond, the OSC's letter said.

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