Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'What's your ethnicity?' when pressed about Trump's tweet

Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'What's your ethnicity?' when pressed about Trump's tweet

In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, White House counsel Pat Cipollone explained that Trump had directed Conway not to appear and argued she "cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the President".

Andrew Feinberg, a reporter with Breakfast Media, asked Conway about Trump's tweets that admonished Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib for their criticisms of the White House, in which the president told the congresswomen to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came".

When asked by Feinberg why his own ethnicity was relevant to the discussion, Conway shot back: "Because I'm asking you a question". "My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy", Conway said, before suggesting the president meant to say they should go back to where they are "originally from".

The OSC has said she broke the law by "engaging in both official and political activity on her Twitter account, @kellyannePolls" and by attacking Democratic presidential candidates in media interviews.

If Conway does not comply with the subpoena by July 25, the committee will hold her in contempt, he added. Just so we're clear, I have nothing to hide, I've done nothing wrong, ' she said. In the announcement for Kerner's nomination, the White House touted Kerner's extensive experience, including his "nonpartisan" work.

When reporters continued to push her for an answer, Conway said the president had already explained himself in subsequent tweets.

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Conway told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Monday, "I'm concerned that there's such a weaponization and politicization of this thing called the Hatch Act".

He provided several examples, including former White House lawyers who've testified. 'We are requiring her to testify before Congress about her multiple violations of federal law, her waste of taxpayer funds, and her actions that compromise public confidence in the integrity of the federal government'.

Conway is the only witness listed for a scheduled hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee titled "Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration".

Conway dodged the question by asking Feinberg, "What's your ethnicity?".

OSC found that Conway has violated the Hatch Act in the past.

"Democrats continue to overreach and politicize the Office of Special Counsel-this time, by trying to silence Kellyanne Conway with ill-founded, phony allegations about the Hatch Act", the White House statement read.

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