White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway is feeling the heat.
A federal watchdog agency is recommending that the president’s adviser be booted from her role in the White House for allegedly violating the Hatch Act of 1939, as IJR News reported. The law doesn’t allow executive employees, except the president, vice president, and other senior officials, to engage in political activity.
The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) wrote in a statement on Thursday noting that several of Conway’s past remarks have violated the law, thus, “OSC recommends that she be removed from federal service.”
The OSC said Conway violated the law by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”
However, White House deputy press secretary Steven Groves is swiping back at the OSC’s “unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway,” labeling it “deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process,” according to Fox News.
“Others, of all political views, have objected to the OSC’s unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees. Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations – and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”
Additionally, White House legal counsel Pat Cipollone responded to the OSC in a letter where he claimed the report is based on “numerous errors” and is “flawed.”
He requested the OSC “withdraw and retract the report and continue the dialogue with this office that should have taken place and that could have avoided many of the errors in the current draft.”