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Kellyanne Conway committed two Hatch Act violations, officials say

08 March 2018

But the Trump administration is defending her loudly and it's unlikely she'll face any real-world consequences.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley disputed the report, saying in a statement that "Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate".

The president and vice president are exempt from the law, but their employees are not.

Moore, a former judge, ran against Democrat Doug Jones, who ultimately won the election as Moore faced allegations of child molestation.

The OSC's report concerns interviews Conway gave to Fox News' "Fox & Friends" and CNN's "New Day" in November and December, respectively.

Brendan Fischer, a staff attorney at the Campaign Legal Center, told NBC News last month that Conway violated the act because she was "using her official authority to influence an election".

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While the debate over Comey's actions and cases like Conway's receive the lion's share of attention, the act is a routine boundary for rank-and-file government employees, who have to follow specific protocols to keep political beliefs from being perceived to affect the performance of the government.

Its official report states the two occasions Conway allegedly made the infractions: Once on CNN and once on "Fox & Friends".

But, in an unprecedented move, the White House has denied that Conway engaged in any political advocacy.

White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday became the latest of President Donald Trump's top employees to receive an official reprimand for violating the Hatch Act, a 1939 law that seeks to keep government functions nonpartisan.

Gidley was referencing Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asking Conway: "So vote Roy Moore?". Conway said. "Folks, don't be fooled". He is weak on crime, Weak on borders.

"I'm telling you, we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through", she concluded, seeming to catch herself after a host directly asked if she was urging viewers to vote for Moore. In the second interview, she advocated for the defeat of one Senate candidate and the election of another candidate.

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"In both instances, Conway appeared in her official capacity". The guy's been on the ballot many times'.

The White House, however, refutes the report.

Democratic members of the House intelligence committee said they would be interested in interviewing Mr Nunberg.

Conway, who served as Trump's campaign manager before taking on her role as White House senior counselor, has previously run afoul of Shaub and other presidential ethics experts who criticized her for publicly endorsing the clothing and jewelry line sold by Trump's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump.

The OSC referred the matter to the president for "consideration of appropriate disciplinary action".

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Kellyanne Conway committed two Hatch Act violations, officials say