Kellyanne Conway Under Federal Investigation For Violating Ethics Law
Senior White House counselor and fervent believer in alternative facts, Kellyanne Conway, is now under federal investigation following several complaints that she violated ethics laws, U.S. officials revealed Thursday.
The Hatch Act forbids federal employees from using their positions for political purposes, but Conway has repeatedly violated the federal law.
Conway went on “Fox & Friends” last week and slammed Democrat Doug Jones — who is battling Republican Roy Moore to become Alabama’s next senator — on national TV.
“Jones will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners,” Conway said.
Former Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub and the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint after Conway’s interview, accusing her of violating the law.
Shaub’s complaint states that Conway was clearly speaking in her official capacity as she ripped Jones in a direct effort to get Moore into the Senate to back Trump’s tax bill.
“This case presents as clear a violation by a senior administration appointee as OSC is likely to encounter in the next five years,” the complaint read.
“It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate,” Shaub said, something he characterized as a “slam dunk” violation of the law.
The White House claimed that Conway’s comments did not violate the Hatch Act because she “did not advocate for or against a particular candidate” and was “speaking about issues and her support for the president’s agenda.”
Shaub said that the statement “reads more like an admission than a defense.”
New: We’ve filed an amended complaint with the Office of Special Counsel that adds new information to what was already a slam dunk Hatch Act complaint against Kellyanne Conway. Check it out on @CampaignLegal’s website. https://t.co/mjRl5mlyCE
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 30, 2017
This is not the first time Conway has violated ethics rules.
In February, Conway came under fire for promoting first daughter Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand on Fox News. The White House refused to discipline Conway, saying she peddled the products in a “light, off-hand manner.”