Kellyanne Conway Should Be Fired For Violating Ethics Law, Oversight Office Says

Kellyanne Conway speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington

Kellyanne Conway speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington

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

A federal watchdog has recommended that President Trump remove White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, one of his top advisers, from federal service due to her repeat violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from making political statements while acting in an official capacity.

Conway told reporters who encountered her in the White House press office, "I have no reaction".

"OSC's overreaching recommendation is wholly unsupported by any statute or the Constitution".

'I'm going to talk about people's records because I have the right to, ' she said.

The agency said that because Conway was a "repeat offender", it was recommending that she be removed from federal office.

"Ms. Conway's advocacy against the Democratic candidates and open endorsement of the president's reelection effort during both official media appearances and on her Twitter account constitute prohibited political activity under the Hatch Act", he wrote.

"Ms. Conway's disregard for the restrictions the Hatch Act places on on executive branch employees in unacceptable", Special Counsel Henry Kerner wrote in the report.

A White House spokesman calls the Office of Special Counsel's actions "deeply flawed".

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The office then said that Conway should be shown the door.

The special counsel office cited Conway past year for favoring a Republican candidate over a Democrat in an interview discussing a special Senate election in Alabama in 2017. The report released Thursday cites comments Conway made during the Alabama Senate special election in December 2017, which the office found violated the Hatch Act in another report released previous year.

"Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organisations, and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, nonpolitical manner, and not misinterpret or weaponise the Hatch Act".

The White House demanded the agency retract its 17-page report on Conway.

"Blah, blah, blah. If you're trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it's not going to work", Conway reportedly replied.

He said that it Ms. Conway were a regular federal employee and not a presidential appointee at the White House, the Merit Service Protection Board would have ousted her.

'Second, OSC's overbroad and unsupported interpretation of the Hatch Act risks violating Ms. Conway's First Amendment rights and chills the free speech of all government employees, ' he added.

The Office of the Special Counsel is not to be confused with special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. 'Let me know when the jail sentence starts'.

Last month, when Conway was criticizing former Vice President Joe Biden - who's leading the field for the Democratic presidential nomination - for his Senate record, she brushed aside questions if she was violating the Hatch Act. Conway is forbidden from using her official authority to influence campaign politics.

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