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Trump Won’t Fire Kellyanne Conway After Hatch Act Violations

Trump Won’t Fire Kellyanne Conway After Hatch Act Violations

She's been loyal, she's just been a great person. "Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations - and perhaps (the Office of the Special Counsel) should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act", he said.

The OSC said Conway violated the act when she made disparaging remarks about the president's Democratic 2020 opponents during various media appearances. 'Given that Ms. Conway is a repeat offender and has shown disregard for the law, OSC recommends that she be removed from federal service, ' the office announced in a statement. He also said Conway was merely answering questions from the press when she criticized Democrats.

Special Counsel Henry Kerner, meanwhile, defended his office's work in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. "It is up to the president's discretion and we respect that".

"The White House issued a nine-page letter saying the report was based on ".numerous grave legal, factual, and procedural errors", and argued that the OSC's "unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process".

"I am a Trump appointee-I have no animus toward Kellyanne whatsoever", he added. "If you're high enough up in the White House, you can break the law, but if you're a postal carrier or a regular federal worker, you lose your job?"

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The White House immediately rejected the special counsel office's ruling and demanded that it withdraw its report.

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway looks toward U.S. President Donald Trump during a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019.

The Hatch Act is named for former Senator Carl A. Hatch, a Democrat from New Mexico, and was enacted in 1939.

During a one-week period leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, Conway posted at least 15 messages on Twitter that were political and in support of midterm election candidates or the Republican Party, according to the report.