Trump Responds to Kellyanne Conway Hatch Act Violation
Kellyanne Conway has come under fire after a report was released stating that she had violated the Hatch Act.
This act states that federal employees must limit their political activities. It was reported that she violated it by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity.”
The report went on to recommend that Conway be removed from her position.
The White House has decided that it will not take any action against Conway. The President believes that the report has been influenced by people that do not like her or the current administration.
Steven Groves, who is the deputy press secretary, stated, “The Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process.
Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations — and perhaps OSC should be mindful of it sown mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”
The Hatch Act is in place to make sure federal employees and programs are, “administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation.”
Some people feel that Conway has been unfairly targeted because of things she has said and done.
And yet officials defend the report as being, “completely nonpartisan and nonpolitical.”
The report mentions that Conway had, “insinuated that Senator Booker was ‘sexist; and a ‘tinny’ ‘motivational speaker,’ and claimed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was “’ lying’” about her ethnicity.”
The report even claimed that she went after Beto O’Rourke for, “thinking the women running are good enough to be President.”
The report concluded that she, “has substantial knowledge of the Hatch Act and was previously found to have violated the law by engaging in similar conduct.”
President Trump has not been completely silent regarding the issue. He has mentioned that Conway will still be employed moving forward. He stated, “I’m not gonna fire her. I think she’s a terrific person. She’s a tremendous spokesperson.”
He thought that the OSC was trying to silence Conway by threatening her with violating the Hatch Act. He has hinted at the point that he is not going to have her change the way she speaks.
The President has also said that “It doesn’t work that way. A person wouldn’t be able to express themselves, and I just don’t see it.”
Conway has repeatedly had to defend the President from people that seek to attack him on a regular basis.
Henry Kerner, who is the one that made the recommendation and stands by his decision, has stated, “We respect his decision and, of course, the president has an option he’d like to reprimand or not to reprimand. It is up to the president’s discretion and we respect that.”
The OSC gave the report to the White House weeks ago for review. It really did not catch any of them by surprise. Kerner has mentioned that he does not have any problem with Conway.
But it is his job to be consistent and watch for speech that would violate the Hatch Act.
The White House maintains that they believe the report was influenced by people that have a problem with the President.
They point out that they believe there was political motivation behind the statements found in the OSC’s report on Conway. The very idea that she should be removed from her position is not even an option for the President as he seeks to hear a briefing on the report.
There has been so much talk spoken about the President from the Democratic Party about his inability to run a country and nothing has been said about the harsh words they have used.
The President continues to see through the liberals attempts to discredit him and his team at the White House.
To them, this appears to be the latest attempt to create distrust with the people of the country and their President.