President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway skipped a Dem-led House Oversight hearing on Monday and defied a Congressional subpoena by refusing to testify about her (non existent) Hatch Act violations.
In a letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the panel, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone asserted the Trump administration’s long-standing view that current and former presidential advisers are “absolutely immune” from congressional testimony, writing: “Ms. Conway cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president.”
“Because of this constitutional immunity, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President, the president has directed Ms. Conway not to appear at the committee’s scheduled hearing,” Cipollone continued.
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) threatened to hold Kellyanne Conway in contempt if she does not honor the subpoena by July 25.
“This is a clear cut case. We are not requiring her to testify about advice she gave the president or about the White House’s policy decisions,” Cummings said Monday.
“We are requiring her to testify before Congress about her multiple violations of federal law, her waste of taxpayer funds, and her actions that compromise public confidence in the integrity of the federal government,” he added.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham slammed the Democrats and their never-ending harassment and witch hunts of Trump and his associates.
“Today, Chairman Cummings and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee continued their purely political campaign to harass the president and his close advisors,” Stephanie Grisham said. “Democrats continue to overreach and politicize the Office of Special Counsel…this time, by trying to silence Kellyanne Conway with ill-founded, phony allegations about the Hatch Act.”
The Democrat-led House Oversight Committee last month voted to subpoena Kellyanne Conway for testimony in connection with her (non-existent) violations of the Hatch Act.
In June, the US Office of Special Counsel said in a report given to President Trump 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.
“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.
Democrat lawmakers no longer legislate. All they do is harass Trump and his associates and abuse their subpoena power.