Federal Agency Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Removed From White House Job Over Hatch Act Violations
The federal agency in charge of enforcing compliance with the Hatch Act recommended Thursday that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway be removed from her position.
The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using social media or televised interview opportunities for partisan politics. Conway, who worked with President Donald Trump‘s campaign late in the 2016 election cycle, has reportedly violated this law multiple times by rebuking 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and other prominent Democrats in interviews and on Twitter.
He literally doesn’t register in these latest #polls, either.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 9, 2019
The government office’s recommendation against Conway is historic, as it has never before suggested a federal official be fired for these types of violations.
Last month, Conway dismissed accusations of violating the Hatch Act by saying: “If you’re trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it’s not going to work,” and to “let me know when the jail sentence starts.”
“Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions,” the agency said in a statement. “Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.”
BREAKING: US Office of Special Counsel recommends Kellyanne Conway’s removal from federal service. pic.twitter.com/5kjFRp4ck8
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 13, 2019
The agency in question, the Office of Special Counsel, is unaffiliated with Robert Mueller, who led the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
BREAKING: Following CREW’s complaints, the Office of Special Counsel has recommended Kellyanne Conway be removed from federal office due to her repeated violations of the Hatch Act pic.twitter.com/8Gy6GSXnSU
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 13, 2019
Conway is married to conservative lawyer George Conway, who has repeatedly blasted Trump over the last year for his rhetoric and allegedly unconstitutional decisions on many issues.