Federal Officials Want Conway Ousted for Hatch Act Violations ― They Had a Different Response to Obama Admin

Kellyanne Conway

Federal officials at the Office of the Special Counsel have been making a lot more noise about the Hatch Act since President Donald Trump took office.

The Office of the Special Counsel — which is unrelated to Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller — recommended that President Trump remove Kellyanne Conway from her position as special counsel to the president.

Conway led President Trump’s 2016 campaign, making her the first woman to successfully lead a presidential campaign to victory.

She was called out by the Office of the Special Counsel for violating the Hatch Act, which declares that public employees cannot campaign for a political candidate while serving in their official role.

The Office of the Special Counsel claimed that Conway has repeatedly campaigned for candidates while speaking from her public position as an adviser to the president and should be removed from her position.

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Conway brushed off the removal recommendation, as did Trump, who told Fox News, “It looks to me like they’re trying to take away her right of free speech and that’s just not fair.”

Trump said he would not be firing Conway anytime soon, noting, “No, I’m not going to fire her. I think she’s a terrific person.” 

While Conway has been dodging bullets from the Office of Special Counsel, they seemed much more forgiving when former President Barack Obama was in the White House.

As the Washington Examiner noted, two of his cabinet members breached the Hatch Act and received nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

Former Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro — who is a current Democratic presidential primary contender — claimed that Hillary Clinton was “going to make a great president” during an official interview as HUD Secretary.

The Office of the Special Counsel chalked his remark up to confusion, claiming he got “mixed” up during an official interview when he made the remark.

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As IJR Red previously reported, Castro got called out for his Hatch violation during a Fox News town hall, but he claimed his Hatch Act violation was different because Conway has continued to make comments. He claimed she should be fired.

Castro was not the only Obama cabinet member to violate the Hatch Act. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was also called out by the Office of the Special Counsel.

Sebelius told the crowd at an official event that it was “hugely important to make sure that we reelect the president and elect a Democratic governor.”

The Office of the Special Counsel claimed that Sebelius slipped up when making “extemporaneous” remarks at an official event and didn’t recommend any punishment.

For now, it appears as though Conway is safe from the Office of the Special Counsel with President Trump remaining in her corner.

Published in IJR Red

Responses

  1. Another case of “it’s okay when we do it because we’re Dimocrats”. Would anyone expect less from them?

    1. Completely different. The Obama officials stopped once warned (and apologized), while KAC continued after repeated warnings.

      1. No its not when you break a law you break a law period apology’s don’t matter. Fact is it is a law that is unenforceable and the liberals do it constantly. They just don’t like it when the other side does it lol too friction bad.

      2. Are you allowing your fantasies to read into actual fact?

        Please document the earlier warnings. All the article indicates is the current request for removal.

        While the OSC “claims” to have documented repeated violations, this is the FIRST time it’s become an issue. “We watched her murder multiple people until now.” (did she work for Planned Parenthood?)

        IN NO REALITY does it mean she’s been warned multiple times. Where are those warnings? Hmmm?

      3. Are you shitting me? One can break the law and simply apologize for it, and be on their way?! Is that a THING?!? Shit, why all of the overcrowding in our penal system then?? We must tell the others!!

        Dipshit.

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