Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

Trump Won’t Fire Kellyanne Conway After Hatch Act Violations

Trump Won’t Fire Kellyanne Conway After Hatch Act Violations

On Fox, Trump said he had no intentions of firing Conway, and argued that the Hatch Act goes against the First Amendment.

President Donald Trump says he won't fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after a federal watchdog agency recommended her removal for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers.

"I'm not gonna fire her".

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway looks toward U.S. President Donald Trump during a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019.

Calling in to Fox & Friends to speak on a number of his favorite topics ("No one has accomplished more in two and a half years", Trump boasted of himself, with Doocey smiling and shaking his head in the affirmative), Trump dismissed Kilmeade's question about Conway.

"Mr. President, you're not going to fire her?" "And that's just not fair", Trump said.

The whole thing seems "very unfair", the president said, reported Mark Knoller of CBS. "She's a tremendous spokesperson", Trump told the hosts, in comments reported by Fox

The OSC said Conway disparaged Democratic presidential candidates in television interviews and on social media. "They have tried to take away her speech, and I think you're entitled to free speech in this country".

The White House immediately rejected the special counsel office's ruling and demanded that it withdraw its report.

"You ask them a question, you ask a person a question, and every time you are supposed to say I can't answer, I can't answer?" The 11-page report, submitted by the Office of Special Counsel (unrelated to Robert Mueller) recommended that Conway be removed from her post in the administration.

In its conclusion, the OSC said that Conway "has substantial knowledge of the Hatch Act and was previously found to have violated the law by engaging in similar conduct".

Counsel to the President Pat Cipollone also responded to Kerner's recommendation, which he blasted in a letter as "a product of a fatally flawed process".

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