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PoliticsSpecial Counsel recommends firing Kellyanne Conway over alleged Hatch Act violations

20:30  13 june  2019
20:30  13 june  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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JUST WATCHED. Conway violated Hatch Act , report says. " Kellyanne Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate," Gidley The announcement makes Conway the latest high-profile member of Trump's team to face official criticism over violating the Hatch Act , a

The US Office of Special Counsel has determined that the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated federal ethics laws twice when she advocated and opposed Senate candidates during television interviews last year — violations that ethics experts say warrant Conway 's firing .

Special Counsel recommends firing Kellyanne Conway over alleged Hatch Act violations© Provided by Fox News Network LLC The Office of Special Counsel recommended Thursday that Kellyanne Conway be fired from the federal government for violating the Hatch Act on “numerous occasions.”

The Hatch Act is a federal law that limits certain political activities of federal employees.

The OSC, which is separate from the office with a similar name previously run by Robert Mueller, said in a report released Thursday that White House Counselor Conway violated the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media."

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The OSC found that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two separate occasions. The Hatch Act bars federal employees from using their government positions to sway an election in favor of or against a particular candidate in any election.

The Hatch Act of 1939, officially An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials

“Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law,” the OSC said in a statement Thursday, noting that Conway has been a “repeat offender.”

The law’s purpose is to ensure federal programs are “administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation,” according to the OSC. The office is an independent federal agency that monitors compliance with that law and others.

The White House on Thursday blasted the OSC ruling as “unprecedented.”

What's allowed and not allowed under the Hatch Act

What's allowed and not allowed under the Hatch Act A federal watchdog agency says Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, has repeatedly violated a law known as the Hatch Act that limits political activity by federal workers. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel recommended her firing while the White House called the independent agency's actions "unprecedented" and "deeply flawed." More information about the Hatch Act: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE HATCH ACT? Congress approved the Hatch Act in 1939 to limit partisan activity by federal employees to ensure the government functions fairly and effectively.

Kellyanne Conway Violated Federal Ethics Rules, Federal Watchdog Agency Concludes. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel , an independent federal agency, could only submit its findings to the U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was also reprimanded by OSC for a Hatch Act violation after she retweeted

“ Kellyanne Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday. The Office of Special Counsel noted that both ethics breaches occurred after Conway “received significant training on Hatch Act violations .

“The Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process. Others, of all political views, have objected to the OSC’s unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees,” deputy press secretary Steven Groves said in a statement Thursday. “Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations — and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”

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