On Wednesday, Richard Painter, former George W. Bush’s ethics chief, declared Kellyanne Conway violated federal law. He called for her immediate firing. This was in regards to Conway’s comments about the Alabama Senate race.
Painter was talking in regards to Conway’s Fox News interview where she slammed Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate. Also during the interview, she urged voters to support the GOP candidate Roy Moore. According to Painter, her remarks were in direct violation of federal law.
This is an official interview. She has violated the Hatch Act by using her position to take sides in a partisan election. That is a firing offense. And for her this is strike two. https://t.co/U4kjbLu4NT
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) November 22, 2017
The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from using their position to engage in politics.
This is not the first time, Conway violated the Hatch Act. Earlier this year, during her interview with Fox News, she told viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”
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Painter’s comments come as Walter Shaub, Obama’s ethics chief, filed a complaint against Conway for violating the Hatch Act.
I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations. https://t.co/Mrm8al9nZz
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 22, 2017
On Wednesday, Shaub stated, “It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate.”
I found the video. She’s standing In front of the White House. It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate. This is at least as clear a violation of 5 U.S.C. § 7323(a)(1) as OSC identified with regard to Castro. pic.twitter.com/EwTwPriaVX
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 21, 2017
Even though Conway didn’t blatantly tell the voters to vote for Moore, she did attack Jones and suggested Moore would support the GOP’s tax-reform efforts.
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