An investigation by the US Office of Special Counsel has determined that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions when she used her official White House title to express political views.
The watchdog concluded that Conway endorsed and advocated against political candidates in her official capacity and has now referred its findings to President Trump “for appropriate disciplinary action.”
The violations in question occurred during two television appearances in 2017, one on CNN’s “New Day,” and one on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.”
“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,” OSC says in its report.
“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.”
OSC says it gave Conway the opportunity to respond as part of its report, but she declined.