‘It’s Called Freedom of Speech’ Trump Defends Kellyanne Conway After Office of Special Counsel Rebuke
President Trump defended his counselor Kellyanne Conway Friday morning and said that he will not fire her after the OSC recommend she be fired for violating the Hatch Act.
The US Office of Special Counsel said in a report given to President Trump on Thursday that his counselor Kellyanne Conway has repeatedly violated the Hatch Act and recommended her removal from federal service.
The Hatch Act bars federal employees from engaging in political activity.
“I’m not gonna fire her. I think she’s a terrific person. She’s a tremendous spokesperson,” Trump said Friday on Fox & Friends. “It looks to me like they’re trying to take away her right of free speech.”
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“The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) calls on President Donald J. Trump to remove Ms. Conway from her federal position immediately,” the agency wrote in a letter to the White House. “[K]ellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media,” the letter stated.
The OSC cited two separate television interviews in which Kellyanne Conway advocated for and against candidates in the 2017 Alabama special election for US Senate.
In May 2019 during a media interview, when asked about the Hatch Act, Kellyanne Conway said, “If you’re trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it’s not going to work,” and “Let me know when the jail sentence starts.”
Remember, laws only apply to Trump supporters.
Deep State anti-Trump hacks like former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe can violate the Hatch Act without fear of reprisal.