Watchdog: Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act

Watchdog: Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act

In a new report, the OSC special counsel, Henry Kerner, pointed to Conway's TV interviews conducted in her "official capacity" in November and December of past year.

Shaub also dismissed pushback from the White House directed at the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which announced that Conway had violated the Hatch Act twice in her official capacity.

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.

The White House is pushing back.

This isn't Conway's first brush with ethics issues. One interview cited in the report was aired on CNN while the other was aired on Fox News. Weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes.

'Ms. Conway has received multiple trainings and warnings, yet she still refuses to follow basic ethics rules. "He's awful for property owners". "He is bad for property owners", she said in a morning interview on Fox News.

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

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The Hatch Act bars federal employees, except the president and vice president, from using their position to publicly influence or sway an election.

"I'm telling you, we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through", she concluded, seeming to catch herself after a host directly asked if she was urging viewers to vote for Moore.

"During both interviews, she impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election", Kerner said. The White House has not immediately commented on the report.

Government officials found to have violated the Hatch Act can be fired, suspended, or demoted, and fined up to $1,000.

In response, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said that Conway was actually complying with the Hatch Act. Kerner's letter to the president refers Conway's violations to the president forhis "consideration of appropriate disciplinary action".

Conway, who served as Trump's campaign manager in the final leg of the 2016 election, is one of the president's most loyal aides, and the Trump administration has come in for heavy criticism for its ethical lapses.

Conway has previously attracted the attention of government watchdogs: Last February, during an interview with Fox News, Conway plugged the clothing line of Ivanka Trump after it was dropped by Nordstrom department stores. In early June, the Office of Special Counsel issued a warning to White House social media director Dan Scavino for having in April advocated on Twitter the electoral defeat of Republican Rep. Justin Amash of MI.

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