After defying a congressional subpoena, White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway says she has done “nothing wrong” in regards to allegations of violations of the Hatch Act.
It was previously suggested in mid-June by the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) that Conway should be removed from her role in the White House after allegedly violating the Hatch Act of 1939, which doesn’t allow executive branch employees — besides some exceptions — to engage in political campaigning.
“It looks to me like they’re trying to take away her right of free speech and that’s just not fair,” Trump said.
Roughly a month later, Conway defied a congressional subpoena on Monday for a hearing about the allegations as she didn’t appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee — after a White House lawyer said White House officials are “absolutely immune” from subpoenas, as IJR News reported.
Conway, however, isn’t backing down and she doesn’t seem too worried about skipping the hearing.
“I’m concerned that there is such a politicization and weaponization of this thing called the Hatch Act,” she told Fox News late Monday. “If you go back and look at some of the things that are in the original report, they are just ripped from the headlines, they’re not my opinions.”
Suggesting Conway is “guilty of” liking Trump, Fox News’ Sean Hannity claimed, “You like the president, this is the treatment anybody gets.” Conway responded, “I’m also effective in explaining his policies to Americans.”
She went on to say she “would like to testify. I have nothing to hide. I’ve done nothing wrong.”
“They are not going to take away my First Amendment rights,” Conway said. “I’m immune from testifying.”