White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway participates in an interview with CNN at the White House May 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Conway has been accused of violating the Hatch Act during television interviews. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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White House aide Kellyanne Conway broke a law prohibiting federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity in two interviews about the Alabama Senate special election, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
What law did she allegedly break?
The OSC said Conway violated the Hatch Act, a law established in 1939 that prohibits federal employees from using “official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.”
When did she reportedly break the law?
During a Nov. 20 interview on “Fox & Friends,” Conway was referred to as “counselor to President Trump" and said Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones would be “a vote against tax cuts. He’s weak on crime, weak on borders. He’s strong on raising your taxes. He’s terrible for property owners.”
And during a Dec. 6 interview on CNN’s “New Day,” Conway, again introduced as “counselor to President Trump,” reiterated how Jones’ stances on tax cuts, national security, immigration, the Second Amendment, and abortion were unfavorable, in her opinion.
“Both instances constituted prohibited political activity under the Hatch Act and occurred after Conway received significant training on Hatch Act prohibitions,” the OSC’s report said.
What will happen to her?
The OSC sent the report on the violations to President Trump for consideration of “appropriate disciplinary action.”
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