Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Kellyanne Conway Violated Federal Ethics Rules, Watchdog Agency Says

Kellyanne Conway Violated Federal Ethics Rules, Watchdog Agency Says Kellyanne Conway Violated Federal Ethics Rules, Watchdog Agency Says
Melinda Barton | 06 March, 2018, 21:11

White House aide Kellyanne Conway twice violated the law that forbids officials from engaging in political activity in their government capacities with comments she made in television interviews about last year's Alabama Senate election, the Office of Special Counsel said in a report sent Tuesday to President Donald Trump.

The special counsel, Henry Kerner, told President Donald Trump in a letter that during television interviews late past year Conway "impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election".

The Hatch Act, per the report, "restricts employees from using their official government positions for partisan political purposes, including by trying to influence partisan elections".

The OSC said that Conway violated the Hatch Act by appearing in her official capacity during the two interviews and referred its finding to Trump for "appropriate disciplinary action".

The agency says Conway did not respond to requests from the Office of Special Counsel to respond to the allegations.

In a Fox News Channel appearance on November 20, Conway talked about why voters should not back Jones, and in a CNN interview on December 6 she laid out why they should support Moore, the report said.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley denied Conway did anything wrong, despite her own words in the Fox interview.

During the interviews, Conway discussed Alabama's special election for U.S. Senate and expressed support for then-candidate Republican Roy Moore.

In its 10-page report, the special counsel's office said Conway never responded to investigators' questions. "He'll be a vote against tax cuts".

But, what exactly is the Hatch Act? He is weak on crime. "The White House can not continue to have one standard for the federal workforce generally and a lower standard for appointees who are close to this President".

The White House later said her praise for the products was inadvertent, and no disciplinary action was taken.

Conway has been a frequent advocate for the Trump administration on cable and network news.

Trump reportedly is the one who had given Conway personal approval to criticize Jones.

"This is not the first time that an independent government agency has recommended that the White House discipline Kellyanne Conway for breaking the law".