During a Wednesday House Oversight Committee hearing, Amash — the only Republican thus far to call for the impeachment of Trump — continued his lonely streak by being the only GOP member to vote for the subpoena of the counselor to the president for allegedly violating the Hatch Act.
Amash joined 24 committee Democrats in a 25-16 recorded vote on the issue.
The Hatch Act prevents federal employees and some state and local government employees from engaging in political activity — such as having a job in a partisan organization or campaigning for political candidates — while on duty or with government resources.
However, employees are allowed to engage in partisan activities while not on federal time.
The Office of the Special Counsel — which oversees the enforcement of the Hatch Act and is unrelated to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s office — describes the “purposes” of the law as being to “ensure” that the administration of federal programs is in “a nonpartisan fashion,” “to protect federal employees” from being politically coerced while performing their jobs, and to make sure that “federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation.”
Conway had been accused of violating the Hatch Act by the Office of the Special Counsel, which has recommended that the president remove Conway from her post.
As IJR Red previously reported, Trump told Fox News that he would not be firing Conway from her position, saying that he thinks “she’s a terrific person.”
The Office of Special Counsel had also called out 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro during the contentious 2016 presidential election for saying in an official interview that he believed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was “going to make a great president.”