Saturday, 15 June, 2019

Trump says he won't fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act violations

Kellyanne Conway is seen at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC Kellyanne Conway is seen at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC
Steven Clarke | 14 June, 2019, 23:48

Trump said that he would get a "very strong briefing" about the recommendation. "I think she's a terrific person, she's a tremendous spokesperson, she's loyal, she's a great person ..."

President Donald Trump used his favorite media platform - Fox & Friends - to reiterate his support for accused Hatch Act violator Kellyanne Conway. "Others, of all political views, have objected to the (the office's) unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees".

"I got briefed on it yesterday and it looks to me like they're trying to take away her right of free speech", he said about the OSC recommendation. I mean, she's gotta have the right of responding to questions.

On Thursday, the Office of Special Counsel cited Conway's comments here in television interviews and social media posts as violations of the Hatch Act, a 1939 law prohibiting executive branch employees from engaging in some political activities, and recommended that she be fired.

"I'm not gonna fire her".

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"No, I'm not going to fire her", Trump said. It is a separate agency from the office run by now-former special counsel Robert Mueller, who led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In the interview, Kerner said his office had "several discussions" with the White House counsel and they had the OSC report "for weeks".

The White House on Thursday had slammed the report as "unprecedented" and suggested it was politically influenced. As a highly visible member of the Administration, Ms. Conway's violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act's restrictions.

"OSC's patently unreasonable demand for an overnight response, standing alone, shows that the report was the result of a fatally flawed process", Cipollone wrote.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump falnked by campaign manager Kellyanne Conway waves to supporters following an address during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016.

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