Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act, Office of Special Counsel says

Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act, Office of Special Counsel says

In a letter from the Office of Special Counsel, which recommended appropriate discipline be made, the office determined Conway was aware that statements like the ones she made could violate the Hatch Act.

Richard Painter, who served as the White House chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush, said it is unprecedented - at least in the last few decades - for a White House to deny the findings of the independent ethics office.

"OSC is now the second federal agency to find Conway in violation of ethics-related provisions", Shaub wrote.

In a separate appearance on CNN's New Day on December 6, Conway encouraged voters to support Republican Roy Moore over Jones. "He's strong on raising your taxes".

Scavino got his warning in June after calling for a primary challenge to Republican Rep. Justin Amash of MI, and Haley got hers in October for retweeting Trump's endorsement of a Republican from her home state of SC.

In its response to the special counsel's office, the White House argued that Conway's job includes providing "commentary" on Trump's thinking and that the unique circumstances of the Moore race need to be considered. "He's bad for property owners", she said. In both interviews, Conway was introduced as "counselor to President Trump" and touched on similar points, including Jones' positions on taxes and "border security".

Conway was identified in the interviews as a member of the administration and delivered her statement on White House grounds.

The Hatch Act, per the report, "restricts employees from using their official government positions for partisan political purposes, including by trying to influence partisan elections". The Hill has pushback from the White House: "Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate".

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the office last week pointing to what appeared to be a Hatch Act violation involving Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner. In the CNN interview, Conway went so far as to say that President Trump "doesn't want a liberal Democrat representing Alabama in the United States Senate".

Responding to questions about Moore's sexual misconduct abusers, including a woman who claimed he had assaulted her when she was a teenager, Conway protested that 'nobody came forward before.

Conway came under fire for violating a different ethics provision past year, when she urged Trump supporters to purchase Ivanka Trump brand products.

It falls to the president to decide if Ms Conway should face disciplinary action. A special counsel, Robert Mueller, is leading that probe.