At one time, Kellyanne Conway was the face of the Trump campaign. She didn’t seem all that knowledgeable about government, nor were she or her “alternative facts” ever particularly honest about anything, but her face and voice was everywhere, including in places they shouldn’t have been.
According to the Office of the Special Counsel, Kellyanne Conway was ruled to have violated the Hatch Act with her endorsements of political candidates while working in an official government position. A statement by that office says that:
‘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. Ms. Conway’s statements during the Fox & Friends and New Day interviews impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election for U.S. Senate.’
Office of Special Counsel notifies President Trump of investigative report that Kellyanne Conway violated federal law under Hatch Act:
"Ms. Conway’s statements during the Fox & Friends and New Day interviews impermissibly mixed official government business with political views" pic.twitter.com/HuMbNcBTst
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 6, 2018
Conway declined to comment on the report and the ruling has been referred to President Trump for “appropriate disciplinary action.” This is the second time Conway has violated the ethical rules of her position. The first came when she brazenly shilled for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line products during an interview in which she appeared in an official government position.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 6, 2018
Compared to Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and some of the Trump campaign and other government officials, Conway’s actions are fairly mild. A violation of the Hatch Act carries a minimum 30-day suspension, while the actions of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, and George Papadapolous face federal prison. Whether or not she will actually face any punishment is up to Donald Trump (so in other words, she probably won’t). However, she does become yet another Trump official to flagrantly break the law and on national television, to boot.
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