The Trump administration has never been known to be an entity held back by the law or even by morals, for that matter. Earlier this week, longtime Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends, and in the course of her appearance, she discussed the ongoing Alabama Senate race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore, who has been credibly accused of sexual harassment and assault of minors.
In her advocacy against Jones and in favor of the alleged sex predator Roy Moore, Conway seems to have violated the Hatch Act, a law prohibiting federal employees from engaging in partisan political work in their political capacities.
Now, former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub has revealed on Twitter that he has “filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations.”
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He made his announcement in response to a reporter noting an earlier instance of him questioning the legality of Conway’s comments while appearing on Fox & Friends.
Shaub had initially publicly questioned the legality of Conway’s remarks by writing, in response to a CNN reporter’s tweet about the situation:
‘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”)’
In that tweet, he included a copy of a letter sent by the Office of Special Counsel to former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro after, while still on the job, he had engaged in the 2016 presidential race in his official capacity.
Shaub wrote on Twitter that the issue with Conway’s advocacy against Jones would be a “test of POTUS’s new head of the Office of Special Counsel” to see if he will “hold Presidential appointees in this administration to the standard to which his predecessor held Presidential appointees in the last administration.”
Shaub isn’t alone in his assessment of the illegal nature of Conway’s remarks.
Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter replied to one of Shaub’s tweets by writing:
‘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.’
Conway has, in fact, been cited by the Office of Special Counsel in the past. Earlier this year, during an appearance on television, she implored viewers to buy Ivanka Trump-branded products — and it’s against the law for government employees to endorse a product or service in their official capacity.
While on Fox & Friends this week, Conway commented:
‘Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners.’
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Moore has insisted that he is staying in the Alabama Senate race no matter what, even though an increasing number of political leaders — excluding the president — have called on him to exit the race in the face of pedophilia allegations against him.
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