Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act, Office of Special Counsel says

March 6, 2018

The Office of Special Counsel sent a report to President Trump on Tuesday recommending disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway for political activity while in her White House role.

Last year, Ms. Conway appeared in two television interviews in which she promoted Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore and discouraged voters from supporting Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the Alabama race.

The two interviews cited in the report were appearances on Fox News and CNN in which she acted in her “official capacity” as counselor to the president. This is a violation of the Hatch Act, which stipulates that White House officials can have opinions on candidates, but not actively campaign while in their role.

“In passing this law, Congress intended to promote public confidence in the Executive branch by ensuring the federal government is working for all Americans without regard to their political views,” according to the 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.”

It is unclear what disciplinary action Ms. Conway could face, but the law allows for her removal or deductions to pay.