Kellyanne Conway accused of violating federal law in White House role

Kellyanne Conway accused of violating federal law in White House role”

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is charging that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway has violated the Hatch Act after appearing to publicly endorse a Senate candidate past year.

During appearances on "Fox and Friends" on November 20 and CNN on December 6 she violated the Hatch Act when she promoted the candidacy of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and spoke against Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

The Office of Special Counsel is unrelated to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. Due to her purported advocacy of political candidates while appearing in an official capacity, the OSC has referred her to President Trump "for appropriate disciplinary action".

The office has recommended Conway to President Trump, who will decide if her behavior demands disciplinary action.

"Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don't be fooled", Conway said at the time.

A federal agency informed the White House on Tuesday that it has determined top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two separate occasions while discussing last year's contentious Alabama Senate race on television. The agency said Conway "impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election". The White House issued a statement saying Conway was "highly unlikely" to break the law again.

"Kellyanne Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate. Go buy it today, everybody", she said.

The OSC has sent their findings to the president, as the White House itself has been directed to deliver disciplinary action to Conway. "Anything else sets a awful example".

According to the OSC's website, the Hatch Act dates back to 1939, and is intended "to ensure that federal programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation".

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