DEEP STATE ATTACK: Federal Investigators Say Kellyanne Conway Broke the Law

DEEP STATE ATTACK: Federal Investigators Say Kellyanne Conway Broke the Law

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Federal investigators, acting on a complaint
by a liberal political activist group, have said that White House counselor Kellyanne
Conway violated a federal statue in interviews she gave on television.
In particular, investigators say Conway violated the Hatch Act by advocating for a political
candidate while discussing an upcoming election. In two interviews, she advocated for Roy Moore
over Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. Investigators say she used her office to advocate,
which is a violation of the Hatch Act. Her defenders say it is a petty charge against
Conway, one rarely used against any public official. Except in this case. The Hatch Act
is largely considered problematic and unenforceable by most on both sides of the political aisle. The White House strongly disagrees with the
findings, and considering Conway was merely relaying the desires of the President, they
may be correct. Conway could face varying degrees of punishment,
or none at all, depending on what the President decides. He has the final word on punishment. Reuters reports. A federal watchdog says White House counselor
Kellyanne Conway violated the federal law prohibiting government officials from using
their positions to influence political campaigns. The Office of Special Counsel, which is unrelated
to Robert Mueller’s office, says Conway violated the Hatch Act twice last year when
she spoke out in support of Republican Roy Moore and against his Democratic rival, Sen.
Doug Jones, in the Alabama Senate race. “Ms. Conway, in her official capacity, attempted
to influence the Alabama special election by advocating for the success and failure
of candidates in that race,” the report stated. Her comments came in separate interviews
with Fox News and CNN. Special Counsel Henry Kerner sent his office’s
findings to President Donald Trump on Tuesday “for appropriate disciplinary action.”
Because she is a presidential appointee, it is up to Trump to decide what — if any — punishment
she will receive. The White House disputed the independent agency’s
findings. “Kellyanne Conway did not advocate for or
against the election of any particular candidate,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in
a statement. “She simply expressed the President’s obvious position that he have people in the
House and Senate who support his agenda.” “In fact, Kellyanne’s statements actually
show her intention and desire to comply with the Hatch Act – as she twice declined to
respond to the host’s specific invitation to encourage Alabamans to vote for the Republican,”
Gidley added. Career government officials found to have
violated the Hatch Act can be fired, suspended or demoted, and fined up to $1,000. Conway came under fire for violating a different
ethics provision last year, when she pushed Trump supporters to purchase products sold
under the Ivanka Trump brand. The White house told the Office of Government Ethics she was
“highly unlikely” to do so again and that it was providing her with additional ethics
training. The report said Conway did not respond to
multiple requests from the Office of Special Counsel to explain her comments. The White
House argued that Conway’s job includes the role of providing “commentary” on
Trump’s thinking. The Office of Special Counsel found that the
White House reasoning “lacks merit,” adding that Conway’s comments went beyond commentary
anyway. Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office
of Government Ethics who is the senior director of the Campaign Legal Center, the nonpartisan
group which filed the OSC complaints against Conway, called on Trump to take disciplinary
action against her. “The White House cannot continue to have
one standard for the federal workforce generally and a lower standard for appointees who are
close to this President,” Shaub said in a statement. The Office of Special Counsel is not part
of the Justice Department, but is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency.
It oversees the enforcement of four federal statutes: the Civil Service Reform Act, the
Whistleblower Protection Act, the Hatch Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and
Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Its primary mission is the safeguarding of the merit system
in federal employment by protecting employees and applicants, especially from punishment
for “whistleblowing.” The agency also operates a secure channel for reports from
federal whistleblowers. The OSC issues advice on the Hatch Act and enforces its restrictions
on partisan political activity by government employees, according to Wikipedia.

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