White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks with the media after giving an interview to Fox News outside of the White House in Washington, D.C., May 23, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recommended Thursday that White House adviser Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeated violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political advocacy while serving in their official capacity.
The OSC — a watchdog agency that is charged with enforcing the Hatch Act and is unrelated to Robert Mueller — sent a letter to Trump Thursday morning that accuses Conway of “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”
Due to Conway’s status as a “repeat offender,” the OSC, which is run by Trump appointee Henry Kerner, recommended that she be removed so that her fellow federal employees understand there will be consequences for violating the law.
“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. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law,” the letter said.
The letter comes after a March