This week, the United States Office of Special Counsel (OSC) wrote a letter to the Trump administration, recommending that President Donald Trump remove White House counsel Kellyanne Conway over her repeated violations of the Hatch Act.
That law stipulates that executive branch officials cannot use their positions to promote political viewpoints or attack political adversaries.
“Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions,” read a letter from OSC to Trump, per reporting from CNN. “Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.”
But the president indicated he saw no need to fire his counsel, calling it a “free speech thing” during an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday, Politico reported.
Democrats were fast to criticize Conway over the OSC letter. But they weren’t alone: some Republicans, too, took issue with Conway’s violations and Trump’s dismissal of the OSC’s recommendations.
GOP strategist Rick Wilson, who has been a longtime critic of this administration from a conservative perspective, spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon about the OSC’s suggestion to fire Conway on Thursday, according to reporting from Raw Story.
Wilson explained that the administration’s view of the laws as they pertain to their own members is to basically disregard them. “Laws are for the little people,” Wilson sarcastically stated.
Kellyanne Conway will not be fired over this Hatch Act business.
Continued violations of the law are a feature, not a bug, and will be rewarded, not punished.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) June 13, 2019
Wilson defended the idea of the Hatch Act as well.
“[T]here’s always been a sort of normative behavior that says you don’t go out as a government official and engage in direct partisan politics, it’s just one of these things that helped build a little confidence that our government was there to serve the people regardless of the political wins of the day,” Wilson explained.
Wilson further elaborated that Conway, if she can get away with violating this law, will be able to get away with much worse. He had some ideas in mind.
“Look, if she can avoid the Hatch Act — which is black letter law, it’s not a debatable question, not a free speech matter, it is black letter law — if she can avoid that why couldn’t she just take an envelope full of cash from somebody?” Wilson asked. “Why couldn’t she take a free vacation from somebody? Why couldn’t she accept a bribe from somebody?”
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