On Wednesday, The U.S. Special Counsel’s Office officially opened a case file after a Hatch Act complaint was filed against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Last week, Conway stated remarks from the White House about Democratic nominee Doug Jones, saying if he wins the Senate seat in the Alabama special election, then tax reform could be in jeopardy. Since Conway was speaking as an official counselor to the president, ethics officials have ruled that as a violation of federal law.
TheHatch Act clearly states that public officials cannot use their platform to promote or denigrate a political candidate.
A report released by Politico says President Donald Trump was frustrated that Jones was not taking as much heat as his Republican opponent Roy Moore, whose national funding had been pulled following sexual harassment allegations. AlthoughRepublican lawmakers believe the accusations and that Moore should step down, Trump continued to endorse him, thus leading to Trump’s orders to Conway, dispatching her to do some quasi-campaigning on Fox & Friends.
If paid enough money, Kellyanne Conway will say just about anything to please Trump, even if it means breaking the law. As the special counsel’s office continues to review the complaint, it will be interesting to see where Conway ends ups – jail time might be best suited for Trump’s little stooge.
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