Late last year, the people of Alabama elected a new U.S. Senator to fill the seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions, who now serves as U.S. Attorney General. Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate in that race, eventually prevailed over the Republican candidate, credibly accused pedophile Roy Moore, but not before the White House could make its support of Moore known.
Part of the way in which the Trump administration made its support of Moore known was through television appearances from longtime Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has now officially announced that during two of those appearances around the time of the Alabama U.S. Senate election, Conway violated the Hatch Act, a law prohibiting government employees from using their official positions to take stands in political races.
One of the appearances during which Conway was found to have violated the Hatch Act was on CNN and the other was on the president’s long favored show, Fox & Friends.
On Thursday, Conway appeared on Fox yet again and was faced with questions from host Bill Hemmer about the Office of Special Counsel’s ruling against her.
Hemmer asked if the president intended to seek any disciplinary action against Conway over the Hatch Act violations, but she declined to answer.
Instead, she simply commented:
‘The president and I have spoken about this. I’ve not made a comment on this at all and I won’t today. The White House has spoken.’
Pressed further, Conway commented:
‘I won’t reveal my private conversations with the president except that which he would like me to speak about publicly.’
Conway insisted that her answer didn’t mean she was saying the president didn’t intend to see any disciplinary actions undertaken against her.
She went on to comment of her tenure in D.C.:
‘I’m not there to read about myself. I’m not there to talk about me. I’m there in the service of the country that I love. People who work in the White House should feel that it’s a privilege and a blessing… [Trump] is somebody who enjoys dissenting opinions… that’s a true leader… this president controls the timing, the tone, and the content of his decisions.’
Check out video from Conway’s appearance on Fox below.
Other officials in the Trump administration to have faced reprimands or warnings over violating the Hatch Act include Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and White House social media director Dan Scavino.
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