White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway refused to give comment of any kind whatsoever to a reporter at the executive residence regarding a recent recommendation by the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) that she leave or be fired from working in the White House itself.
Per previous reporting from Really American, the OSC made the recommendations based off of Conway’s repeated violations of the Hatch Act, a law that bars executive branch employees from engaging in blatantly political activities. It cited her frequent criticisms of Democrats during cable news interviews, among many other instances, as examples of her violating the federal rule.
CNBC White House correspondent Eamon Javers asked Conway for her reaction to the OSC’s statement. Conway seemed to be combative towards Javers, per his tweet.
I was just standing in an office in the WH press office when Kellyanne Conway came in. I asked for her reaction to this. She pointed to the door and said “can you leave, please?” Later, I asked her again, and she said: “I have no reaction. Why would I give you a reaction?“ https://t.co/DZWKJsQLQb
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) June 13, 2019
“I asked for her reaction to [the OSC recommendation]. She pointed to the door and said ‘can you leave, please?'” Javers said. “Later, I asked her again, and she said: ‘I have no reaction. Why would I give you a reaction?'”
The OSC described Conway as a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act. It recognized that President Donald Trump alone has the authority to discipline Conway, but made the recommendation that she be removed from her post.
“Like with other presidential appointees, the President has the authority to discipline Ms. Conway for violating the Hatch Act. Given that Ms. Conway is a repeat offender and has shown disregard for the law, OSC recommends that she be removed from federal service,” the OSC wrote in a statement.
The White House responded in kind, indicating that Trump wasn’t likely to act on the OSC’s recommendations.
In its own statement, the White House called the statement from the OSC an “unprecedented” action that violated Conway’s “constitutional rights to free speech and due process,” HuffPost reported.
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