As if the Nunberg circus from last night wasn't dizzying enough, the Office of the Special Counsel (unrelated to the Mueller probe) said on Tuesday that Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act twice during cable news appearances while commenting on the Alabama special Senate election late previous year.
The Office of Special Counsel issued a report today in which it concluded that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two separate occasions in her capacity as a federal employee.
The OSC found that Conway also violated the Hatch Act two weeks later on CNN's New Day when she "discussed why voters should support Republican Roy Moore and not Democrat Doug Jones". The White House denied this. One interview cited in the report was aired on CNN while the other was aired on Fox News. Weak on borders. He's strong on raising your taxes. Previous year the Office of Government Ethics found she had broken ethics rules by endorsing Ivanka Trump's fashion range during a TV interview.
Kellyanne Conway is in hot water for her comments on the US Senate race in Alabama previous year. "He is bad for property owners".
"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.
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It also referred to a December 6, 2017, interview on CNN's "New Day" in which Conway, appearing again "in her official capacity", talked about why Alabama voters "should support Republican Roy Moore and not Democrat Doug Jones" in the special election.
Conway dodged the more direct question about an endorsement, saying only that 'we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through'.
Both are explicitly banned by the Hatch Act. The White House has not immediately commented on the report. "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".
"It's very disturbing that the White House chief of staff is going to let White House lawyers say the Hatch Act means something entirely different than what the agency charged with enforcing the Hatch Act says it means", Painter told Business Insider.
It falls to the president to decide if Ms Conway should face disciplinary action.
Conway came under fire for violating a different ethics provision previous year, when she pushed Trump supporters to purchase products sold under the Ivanka Trump brand. OSC is not related to the ongoing special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller into the Trump Administration.