President Trump’s Shreaking Spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway may find herself on the receiving end of a federal lawsuit. Even if we don’t expect Attorney general Jeff Sessions to do much, Conway apparently violated the Hatch Act during a discussion about Roy Moore on Fox News.
According to the former head of government ethics office, Conway violated the Hatch Act when she went on Fox & Freinds to level an attack on Alabama Democratic Senatorial candidate Doug Jones and assist Republican contender Roy Moore.
Not that we expect anyone in the Trump administration to know anything about laws and government, The Hatch Act explicitly “prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch, from engaging in some forms of political activity.”
Catching wind of this was Walter Shaub, the former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under President Obama and briefly under Trump, has now filed an official complaint about Conway’s actions with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Justice Department agency which investigates violations of The Hatch Act.
It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate, Shaub said Wednesday.
Was she identified by her official title while advocating against that candidate? Has OSC commented on what she did? (e.g., “violated the Hatch Act by advocating for and against . . . candidates while giving a media interview”) pic.twitter.com/qYpa0eXxFZ
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 21, 2017
But it’s not just Shaub who’s sure Conway committed this flagrant act.
An ethics lawyer who served under President George W. Bush also believes Conway violated federal law. Yes, it’s so bad that an ethics lawyer under Bush is appalled.
This is an official interview. She has violated the Hatch Act by using her position to take sides in a partisan election. That is a firing offense. And for her this is strike two. https://t.co/U4kjbLu4NT
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) November 22, 2017
Much like everyone who serves in that cesspool of narcissism and corruption, Conway doesn’t feel she’s beholden to the law. Whether she’s actually held accountable for her actions remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
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