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Kellyanne Conway ran afoul of a federal watchdog over the Hatch Act

2019.06.15 04:42

 Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits political speech in her official capacity, several times over the past year, a federal watchdog announced Thursday.

The Office of the Special Counsel recommended that Conway be removed from her position. Special Counsel Henry Kerner released a letter Thursday claiming that Conways "disregard for the restrictions the Hatch Act places on executive branch employees is unacceptable."
The White House accused the agency of flawed reasoning and said its actions were violating Conways right to free speech.
The special counsel laid out several occasions dating to 2017, including posts from her Twitter account @KellyannePolls and broadcast interviews, in which Conway spoke out about the 2018 midterm election and 2020 Democratic candidates. Her comments range from criticizing Former Vice President Joe Biden to calling on voters to head out to the polls in the 2018 election. She also repeatedly predicted that the president would win re-election.
Here are all the instances – places and comments – the special counsel said Conway violated the Hatch Act:
Fox News: What exactly have you accomplished?
Conway, in her official capacity as a senior aide, was asked to respond to the Trump Administrations withdrawal from a nuclear pact with Russia during a Feb. 1 Fox News interview.
During the interview, Conway was also asked to give the Trump Administrations official reaction to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., jumping into the 2020 race as a Democrat. Conway, who is a New Jersey native, questioned whether Booker was qualified and criticized him for running against a record number of women seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
"Welcome, the water seems warm. Welcome to dive in along with I dont know, 10, 15, 30 other Democratic candidates. I would ask him a couple of questions today as he runs from a native of New Jersey. One is, whats wrong with the candidates that are already in there?
"Whats your objection to Kamala Harris running, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, these others who have already announced? Tulsi Gabbard, maybe," Conway said. "If he were a Republican running against them, they would immediately call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field."
"But Id also ask him what exactly have you accomplished that qualifies you to be the Commander-in-chief and President of the United States," she said.
Fox News: Anything times zero still equals zero
During a separate interview on Fox News on Feb. 11, Conway gave an interview where she discussed negotiations between the White House and Congress on border funding to end the government shutdown. 
During the interview, Fox News host Steve Doocy named eight Democratic candidates who had announced their bids and commented that the list could still continue to grow.
"Keep it coming," she responded. "Just remember, anything times zero still equals zero. If you dont have good ideas that matter to the country, if you cant connect with people the way now-President Donald Trump did all through 2015 and 16."
Conway also commented specifically on some of the presidential candidates, including Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
"Amy Klobuchar seems to be a very nice person, I guess unless youre on her staff," Conway said. "But you can change the A to an O and get O my instead of Amy there."
"Elizabeth Warren spent decades, folks, decades, appropriating somebodys heritage and ethnicity... and shes been lying about it," Conway said.
Conway also criticized Gillibrand for waiting "for the cameras to roll" to eat fired chicken for the first time ever.
"I mean this is just silly stuff," Conway said.
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