Donald Trump 'Not Going to Fire' Kellyanne Conway

Donald Trump 'Not Going to Fire' Kellyanne Conway”

"No, I'm not going to fire her", he said. "I think she's a terrific person", Trump told Fox News' "Fox and Friends". She's a tremendous spokeswoman.

Trump, in an interview with Fox News, defended Conway, saying it was a free speech issue.

"First, even assuming that the Hatch Act applies to the most senior advisers to the President in the White House, OSC has violated its statutory obligation to provide Ms. Conway a reason opportunity to respond, violated Ms. Conway's due process rights, and abused its discretion by issuing a Report tainted with inappropriate external influences".

Conservative outlets have noted that multiple Obama administration officials were said to have violated the Hatch Act but were not removed from their positions.

"If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations of the law would nearly certainly result in her removal from her federal position", Kerner's letter said.

"As a highly visible member of the Administration, Ms. Conway's violations, if left unpunished, send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act's restrictions", the OSC said. "Her actions erode the principal foundation of our Democratic system-the rule of law".

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani also slammed the report, writing on Twitter early Friday: "Applying the Hatch Act to someone appointed as a communicator for the President is an absurd contradiction. It really sounds to me like a free speech thing", Trump asserted.

In its conclusion, the OSC said that Conway "has substantial knowledge of the Hatch Act and was previously found to have violated the law by engaging in similar conduct".

The White House immediately rejected the special counsel office's ruling and demanded that it withdraw its report.

The White House is not bound by the recommendation of the OSC, which is run by Henry Kerner, a Trump nominee.

"It doesn't work that way", Trump said, arguing that Conway was merely responding to political attacks against him.

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