White House adviser Kellyanne Conway slammed suggestions that she violated the Hatch Act during an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
As IJR Red reported, The Office of the Special Counsel recommended that President Donald Trump remove Conway from her position to due multiple violations of the act. The Hatch Act prohibits officials from campaigning for a presidential candidate while in public office.
“It is not even clear to us here at the White House – according to the White House counsel – that the Hatch Act applies to assistants to the president,” Conway said.
She went on to claim that it is not clear what the law does allow.
“It’s not even clear what the Hatch Act allows,” said Conway. “I would be the first, we think I’d be the first member of the West Wing to ever be hauled in front of Congress to talk about the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act means that you can’t advocate for or against the election of an individual.”
Conway pointed out that she was not campaigning, but speaking out about the facts as she saw them.
“And if I’m talking the failures of Obama-Biden care, if I’m taking about the fact that 28 million Americans have no health insurance that’s a fact. If I’m quoting what some of the candidates say about the other candidates, I’m just repeating the news to you as I read it that day.”
The White House adviser said this was a calculated move to silence an outspoken supporter of the president.
“You know what they’re mad about?” she continued, “They want to put a big roll of masking tape over my mouth … They want to silence me now. This is my First Amendment right. They want to chill free speech because they don’t know how to beat [Trump] at the ballot box.”
Democrats will vote on Wednesday to subpoena Conway to testify on the alleged ethics violations, although Trump has already said he does not see any need for discipline.