Trump says he won't fire Conway over Hatch Act violations

Nellie Chapman
June 14, 2019

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani also slammed the report, writing on Twitter early Friday: "Applying the Hatch Act to someone appointed as a communicator for the President is an absurd contradiction".

Kellyanne Conway repeatedly violated federal law when she mixed politics with her administration work, the Office of Special Counsel found Thursday, and recommended she be fired from the White House. "I think she's a tremendous person, she's loyal, she's a great person".

The agency has no enforcement powers, so it would be up to Trump to discipline her.

In the interview, Kerner said his office had "several discussions" with the White House counsel and they had the OSC report "for weeks". As you later acknowledged, OSC's actions were prompted by your desire to respond to press questions concerning a media report that day about comments that Ms. Conway had allegedly made and by the purported personal "offense" that you took to those comments even though you made no effort to investigate before rushing to judgment.

"I think you're entitled to free speech in this country", Trump told Fox, initiating a defense that would likely resonate with his conservative base.

Trump said that he would get a "very strong briefing" about the recommendation.

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The interview took place on the 75th anniversary of D-Day while Trump was at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. Trump has once again showed us, "he does not know right from wrong", Pelosi said at a Thursday press conference.

The OSC said Conway disparaged Democratic presidential candidates in television interviews and on social media. "It doesn't sound fair", the Republican president said.

Trump said he was briefed on the Conway situation yesterday and came to the conclusion that "they're trying to take away her right to free speech". "A person wouldn't be able to express themselves, and I just don't see it".

On Thursday, the Office of Special Counsel Henry Kerner issued a letter recommending the dismissal of Conway, citing "numerous violations of the Hatch Act".

The White House immediately blasted the report, saying it was "deeply flawed" and violated Conway's constitutional right to free speech.

Conservative outlets have noted that multiple Obama administration officials were said to have violated the Hatch Act but were not removed from their positions.

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