Office of Special Counsel: KellyAnne Conway Violated Hatch Act, Federal Laws
Office of Special Counsel: KellyAnne Conway Violated Hatch Act, Federal Laws

Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President Donald Trump, violated federal law when she used her White House position to weigh in on political races and the Office of Special Counsel on Tuesday recommended she be disciplined.

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 last year.

During appearances on “Fox and Friends” on Nov. 20 and CNN on Dec. 6, she violated the Hatch Act when she promoted the candidacy of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and spoke against Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

Jones emerged as the victor in the Alabama race.

“While the Hatch Act allows federal employees to express their views about candidates and political issues as private citizens, it restricts employees from using their official government positions for partisan political purposes, including by trying to influence partisan elections,” the watchdog agency said.

The OSC submitted its report to Trump for “appropriate disciplinary action.”

It’s not her first ethics lapse.

The White House Office of Legal Counsel said it had spoken to Conway but did not otherwise discipline her after she touted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on Fox News in February 2017.

“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you. It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it. I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody,” she said.

By doing so, she violated the Office of Government Ethics rule banning officials in the executive branch from endorsing products in their official capacities.

Rep. Elijah Cummings urged Trump to take “swift” action.

“Ms. Conway has received multiple trainings and warnings, yet she still refuses to follow basic ethics rules. The President must take swift and serious disciplinary action against Ms. Conway, ” the Maryland Democrat wrote on Twitter.

The OSC said that Conway violated the Hatch Act by appearing in her official capacity during the two interviews and referred its finding to Trump for “appropriate disciplinary action.”

“While the Hatch Act allows federal employees to express their views about candidates and political issues as private citizens, it restricts employees from using their official government positions for partisan political purposes, including by trying to influence partisan elections,” the OSC said in its report.

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