The White House will block barrister Kellyanne Conway to testify before House panels about allegations from a government watch member that she violated the Hatch Act, which increased the likelihood of another subpoena battle between the two government branches.
On Monday, the White House Supervisory Committee rejected the request made by the House Supervisory Committee on Conway.
In a letter sent to the Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Pat A. Cipollone, a barrister for the president, wrote, “by established precedent, we respectfully refuse the invitation to provide Ms Conway with evidence before him. of the Committee. ”
However, the Home Democrats oppose that the White House has no right to claim executive privilege or exemption for Conway as the alleged breaches deal with his personal actions – not with his duties advising the president or working in the West Wing.
The Hatch Act has too many federal employees from participating in political activity during working hours or in the job. But a report sent by Trump Special Counsel to President Trump earlier this month – which Trump appointee runs – discovered that Conway often violated that law by discouraging "Democratic presidential candidates while she was officially speaking". during television interviews and social media. ”
He suggested that Trump should end his federal employment.
The voting panel intends to marry Conway on Wednesday unless she voluntarily agrees to answer questions.
Meanwhile, Conway is on national television to protect her name. On Monday morning, she told Fox News Channel that the House of Democrats are trying to cope with it to manage Trump's 2016 campaign.
“You know what's in store for you?” Said Conway. “They want to put a large roll of masking tape on my mouth as I helped as a campaign manager for the successful part of the campaign. . . . So they want to turn a free speech because they don't know how to hit a Trump at the ballot box. ”
Special advocate Henry Kerner, a conscious staff member for a long time, said in an interview his description is not true.
“We are trying to keep Mr Conway on the same standard as others in government,” Kerner said Monday. “My team got violated. They are clear. She says things are campaign messages. ”
The Office of the Special Counsel is an independent semi-judicial agency that considers rebels claims by whistleblowers and administers the Hatch Act and other civil service rules. It is separate from the office being run by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who led an inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
As Conway is a presidential appointment, the Office of the Special Counsel has no authority to control it. He can make recommendations, but it is about Trump to decide. He has indicated that he does not intend to burn it.
In his 17 page report, the office discovered that Conway had been repeatedly attacked by Democratic 2020 presidential candidates in interviews with media outlets as an official resource and that it had reported its candidates on its official account.
The agency noted that Conway former Vice President Joe Biden condemned that there was a lack of “vision,” said Sen Sen Warren (Mass.) That he spent “years of the heritage and ethnic heritage of another person,” and called Sen Cory Booker (NJ) “sexist” and an exciting “tinny” speaker “.
During the week-long period of the 2018 mid-term election, Conway sent at least 15 messages on Twitter which were political and support to candidates or the Republican Party, according to the report. “His view is genuinely attractive to the law, and his ongoing pattern of misconduct is acceptable,” the agency wrote.
The Home Democrats argue that Conway's alleged breaches serve as exemplars of the conduct of the administration and as a major example of its oversight. Conway was warned to change his behavior but no, and law makers think they can keep it for example to argue that the administration thinks it is over the law.
The Wednesday hearing will be part of the agency's proposal to remove Conway, as well as its reports on others appointed in Trump administration matters. Conway and Kerner were invited to attend.
Conway said in his television presence on Monday that it was not clear that she was subject to the Hatch Act and that the matter was being abused.
“We think I was the first member of the West Wing ever drawn before the Conference to talk about the Hatch Act,” said Conway.
“The Hatch Act means that you cannot advocate for or against elections – an individual,” she continued. “And if I'm talking about the failures in Obama-Biden's care, if I'm talking about the fact that 28 million Americans don't have health insurance, that's a fact. If I am saying what some of the candidates say about the other candidates, I have just repeated the news to you as I read that day. ”
Lisa Rein and Michelle Ye Hee Lee added to this report.
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