Kellyanne Conway should be fired for ethics violations, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
The Hatch Act says federal employees can’t make political statements while on duty in their government jobs. The OSC called Conway a “repeat offender” who abuses her position to help GOP candidates and attack their opponents.
“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 OSC stated in a letter. “Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law.”
The letter called for Conway’s removal from federal service and noted her apparent disregard for the law.
“If you’re trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it’s not gonna work,” she stated. “Let me know when the jail sentence starts.”
The Trump administration downplayed the OSC’s findings, calling them “influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations.”
“The Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves stated.
While the OSC oversees Hatch Act enforcement, it would be up to the White House to discipline Conway.