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Federal agency recommends White House aide Kellyanne Conway be fired

Federal agency recommends White House aide Kellyanne Conway be fired

The special counsel's office on Thursday recommended that President Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway be booted from the federal workforce for repeated violations of the Hatch Act.

The reprimands of Conway are among a series of Hatch Act violations by Trump administration officials.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal watchdog, said in a letter Thursday to Trump that Conway is a "repeat offender" who has committed "numerous violations" of the Hatch Act by making disparaging remarks about Democrats during media appearances.

Conway endorsed Ivanka Trump's apparel during a February 2017 interview with Fox News from the White House briefing room following reports that retailers, including Nordstrom Inc., had dropped the line amid declining sales.

The office then said that Conway should be shown the door. "He'll be a vote against tax cuts". He's awful for property owners.

Conway declined to respond to the special counsel's report, as she did in 2018, the office said. It is run by Henry Kerner, whom Trump nominated to the post.

When asked about the accusations, Conway downplayed the significance of the laws as they apply to her. "If you're trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it's not going to work".

White House counsel Pat Cipollone blasted the recommendation in a letter that the White House sent on Tuesday to Kerner.

"If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations of the law would nearly certainly result in removal from her federal position by the Merit Systems Protection Board", Kerner continued.

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"OSC's draft Report is based on multiple fundamental legal and factual errors, makes unfair and unsupported claims against a close advisor to the President, is the product of a blatantly unfair process that ignored statutory notice requirements, and has been influences by various inappropriate considerations".

Kellyanne Conway is an official counselor to the president, and thus, an employee of the federal government.

"Ms. Conway's violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act's restrictions", the letter reads. "Her actions erode the principal foundation of our democratic system - the rule of law", the letter states.

"Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations - and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act", White House spokesman Steven Groves said in a statement.

The White House immediately blasted the report, saying it was "deeply flawed" and violated Conway's constitutional rights to free speech.

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their office to campaign for or against political candidates. The president and vice president are exempted by the rule.

Evidently, this has been an ongoing discussion between the administration and the federal agency.

Conway in the past had scoffed at charges that she violated the hatch Act, which prevents executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activity while on the job.


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