Office of Special Counsel Recommends Kellyanne Conway's Firing

Sunday, 16 Jun, 2019

The Hatch Act was developed and passed in 1939, but has been relatively unchallenged since the late 1970s, when te Supreme Court ruled that it did not violate the First Amendment rights of Executive Branch officials and others to bar them from openly politicking during their tenure. "When I was a federal employee, I received extensive training on this point".

The federal watchdog agency sent a report to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging the removal of Conway from public office.

In a letter to special counsel Henry Kerner, White House counsel Pat Cipollone slammed any suggestion by the Office of the Special Counsel to fire Conway, Roll Call reported.

The president has also stood by Conway even as her husband, conservative lawyer George Conway, has disparaged Trump in a series of scathing opinion articles in national publications and on Twitter - and even called for Trump's impeachment.

In reaction to the report, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, announced he would hold a hearing on June 26 to hear from the Office of Special Counsel about its findings.

The report suggests these actions "constitute prohibited political activity".

Violating the law can be a career-ending error. You have to go back and pull the full quotes.

Ultimately, your boss is the one who metes out the punishment. "Why should Kellyanne Conway be treated differently from any other federal employee?"

Mr. Kerner, though, said there were "numerous aggravating factors" against Mrs. Conway, including repeated warnings she has ignored.

Through the years, legislators have amended the Hatch Act to include different forms of messaging and political participation.

But federal ethics laws restrict the political activities of federal employees, which means Conway may have technically been crossing a legal line.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro participates in the She the People Presidential Forum in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. The report noted that Conway has previously brushed off concerns about the Hatch Act.

But most of those officials at least expressed some remorse for possibly breaking the law.

"Blah, blah, blah", Conway said in May about the issue. "Let me know when the jail sentence starts".

David Axelrod, who was President Obama's campaign manager before joining him as a White House adviser, launched a smear campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during the 2010 midterm elections, alleging it was laundering foreign cash into Republican coffers. That kind of disregard for the law defangs it in a big way, Marsco said.

According to the report, Conway "impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates" while speaking on Fox News's Fox & Friends and CNN's New Day. The head of the counsel that prosecutes these cases, a Trump appointee, told The Post that it's "unprecedented" to find someone so high-profile in such violation of it.

Kerner, despite the truth that, citing Conway's media interviews, acknowledged no longer offering solutions for disciplinary action was once "a unfavorable signal to federal workers".