The House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a vote Wednesday to subpoena White House counselor Kellyanne Conway if she does not voluntarily appear at a hearing on allegations of her repeatedly violating the Hatch Act, a federal law that bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work.
Conway on Monday accused House Democrats of playing politics and retaliating against her because she successfully managed President Trump’s 2016 campaign, reports The Washington Post.
“You know what they’re mad about?” Conway said during an appearance on Fox News. “They want to put a big roll of masking tape over my mouth because I helped as a campaign manager for the successful part of the campaign. . . . So they want to chill free speech because they don’t know how to beat [Trump] at the ballot box.”
The Office of Special Counsel sent a 17-page report to Trump last week accusing Conway of breaking the law on numerous occasions “by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media” and calling on the president to oust her “immediately.”
The office cited more than half a dozen interviews Conway did with Fox News and CNN between February and May 2019 and noted her dismissive attitude toward past violations. The independent agency has never recommended that the White House fire an employee over Hatch Act violations.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the committee’s chairman, said in a statement last week that President Trump should “immediately” fire Conway based on the OSC’s findings.
“Allowing Ms. Conway to continue her position of trust at the White House would demonstrate that the President is not interested in following the law—or requiring his closest aides to do so,” Cummings said.
Cummings noted that the panel has had additional concerns about Conway’s use of private jets and her role in the administration’s drug control strategy and that the White House had not provided requested documents related to either matter.