The Hatch Act forbids executive branch employees from taking part in political activities while engaged in their official duties. Conway is a longtime Republican operative; she supports Donald Trump's re-election; and so it may have seemed obvious that she'd target a leading rival from the other party.
In the finding sent to the president, the OSC said Conway has engaged in a pattern of unacceptable conduct, including sniping at 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, that likely would have led to the removal of virtually any other federal employee. "Conway from her federal position immediately ' is as outrageous as it is unprecedented". She helped him win election in 2016 as his campaign manager.
In a report addressed to the president, the special counsel's office identified Conway, long a prominent Trump aide, as a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act who has "shown disregard for the law". "Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system - the rule of law".
In response to the report, the White House called the entire OSC investigation "deeply flawed". Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey Sen. Elizabeth Warren of MA of "lying" about her ethnicity and "appropriating somebody else's heritage". Cory Booker, D-NJ, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas.
Kerner, though, citing Conway's media interviews, said not offering recommendations for disciplinary action was "a bad signal to federal workers". "By no means, has (the workplace) needed to difficulty several experiences to the President regarding Hatch Act violations by the identical particular person".
Earlier this month, the OSC tweeted out a short primer on the Hatch act.
The difference between me and Kellyanne Conway, and the [OSC] pointed this out, she violated the Hatch Act, and instead of saying, 'Look, I'm going to take these efforts to make sure that doesn't happen again, ' she said, 'To hell with it.More news: Iran calls suspicious nature of attacks on oil tankers 'alarming'
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The motivations included pressure to address media inquiries about Conway's remarks on May 29 and "the need to be mindful of interest from politicians outside the office".
The OSC is different than the special counsel's office, which sits under the Justice Department.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is one of the few in the White House who's been around since USA president Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.
"To his credit, Secretary Castro acknowledged the mistake that he made", White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
"It can not supply a basis for prohibiting an adviser to the President from commenting on a competing policy proposal or the individual who offers it simply because that individual is also running for President", Cipollone said.
The Office of Special Counsel said Mrs Conway violated the Hatch Act, which bans federal employees from campaigning for candidates while on the job.
This is not the first time that Conway has come under fire for violating the Hatch Act.