OSC Says Kellyanne Conway Violated Hatch Act Twice

Office of Special Counsel: Conway violated Hatch Act during Alabama Senate special election

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act when she opposed the candidacy of Roy Moore's Senate opponent while appearing on television in an official capacity, according to a government watchdog agency.

The OSC says it submitted its findings to President Trump "for appropriate disciplinary action". "He's awful for property owners", Conway said about then-Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones (D-Ala.) during a November appearance on Fox and Friends televised from the White House lawn. Instead, White House deputy counsel Stefan Passantino claimed the whole thing was just an accident.

This is not the first time Conway has violated federal ethics laws. One interview cited in the report was aired on CNN while the other was aired on Fox News. She said about Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones: "Folks, don't be fooled. He's bad for property owners", she said.

During the first appearance, on Fox, Conway slammed Jones as "weak on crime, weak on borders. strong on raising your taxes" and as "terrible for property owners".

"As we've said many times before, there was no collusion with the Trump campaign", she said, noting that Mr Nunberg had never worked at the White House.

"In passing this law, Congress meant to promote public confidence in the executive branch by ensuring the federal government is working for all Americans without regard to their political views", the report states of the Hatch Act.

"I'm telling you, we want the votes in the Senate to get the tax bill through", Conway replied.

In that interview, Chris Cuomo actually warned Conway to "be careful about the Hatch Act".

"While commissioned officers may engage in some political activity, they are still barred from using their official authority or influence to interfere with or affect elections", the office stated in its press release on Conway's violations.

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

Responding to questions about Moore's sexual misconduct abusers, including a woman who claimed he had assaulted her when she was a teenager, Conway protested that 'nobody came forward before.

The lawmaker was referring to a February 2017 Fox News broadcast in which Conway urged viewers to buy items from Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessory lines. The President must take swift and serious disciplinary action against Ms. Conway. 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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