Watchdog group accuses Kellyanne Conway of violating Hatch Act

It is no secret that liberals utterly despise White House counselor Kellyanne Conway because of her close association with President Donald Trump, and they have sought to discredit her at every turn.

Thus, it is also no surprise to see that Conway has been targeted by a government watchdog group accusing her of multiple violations of the Hatch Act.

Official complaint filed

A formal complaint against Conway was filed with the Office of Special Counsel by watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) on Wednesday.

The complaint alleges that Conway has, on multiple occasions, violated the Hatch Act, a statute that prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan politics to influence elections while acting in the capacity of their official government role.

Hatch Act violations can result in fines and other forms of disciplinary action, up to and including suspensions and even termination.

Instances of alleged violations

The 13-page complaint filed by CREW describes four separate instances in which Conway, acting in her official role as counselor to the president, mixed together expressions of her political opinions about certain Democrat candidates with discussions of official administration policy.

In an April 27 interview on CNN, Conway made remarks about the recently announced candidacy of former Vice President Joe Biden. Just days earlier, Conway commented on the candidacy of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during an April 24 interview on Fox News.

The complaint also detailed Conway’s commentary on April 22 on Fox News in regard to the candidacy of Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, as well as remarks she made about New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s announced candidacy on Fox News on February 1.

Watchdog: Conway a “repeat offender”

In addition to enumerating the four alleged potential Hatch Act violations, the CREW complaint also emphasized that Conway was investigated and found in violation of the Act on two prior occasions in 2017.

Furthermore, CREW pointed out the fact that Conway was specifically briefed on updated guidelines involving the Hatch Act in 2018, shortly after President Trump officially announced his 2020 re-election campaign.

“In short, Ms. Conway is a repeat offender and it seems clear that neither prior guidance by the White House Counsel’s office nor prior admonition by OSC have deterred her from breaking the law,” the complaint concluded. “OSC should commence an immediate investigation into the conduct described in this letter and, taking into account that Ms. Conway has engaged in a pattern and practice of violating the Hatch Act, should take or recommend appropriate disciplinary action against her.”

It remains to be seen if anything will result from this complaint against Conway, or if her discussion of the Democratic presidential candidates — any one of whom could be the nominee facing off against her boss — can rightly be considered part of her job as the president’s chief counselor.

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