Breaking: Kellyanne Conway Busted! Special Counsel On The Case

Breaking: Kellyanne Conway Busted! Special Counsel On The Case

On Tuesday morning, the Office of the Special Counsel delivered a letter to President Donald J. Trump. The letter and accompanying 10-page report detail violations of the Hatch Act committed by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. That full report can be found here. The violations pertain to two media interviews Conway conducted “in her official capacity” where she “mixed official government business with political views.” Per the letter from Henry J. Kerner of the Counsel’s office,”The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence for the purposes of interfering with or influencing the outcome of an election.”

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On November 19, 2017, Fox & Friends requested (through the White House Communications Office) an interview with Conway. The request specified four topics to be discussed: the proposed tax reform, media coverage of the President’s accomplishments, comments by LaVar Ball about President Trump, related to Ball’s son’s arrest in China, and recent statements by former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. That same day, the White House Communications Office prepared and provided to Conway an official communications briefing. The document included talking points about Roy Moore, Al Franken, and sexual misconduct. The next day, November 20, 2017, Conway appeared on Fox News’ Fox and Friends and expressed opinions on why Alabama voters should not support Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the December 12th special election. The Roy Moore-specific talking points were:

“Let the people of Alabama decide. I know the people of Alabama they are great – and will do the right thing.”

“The President believes these allegations are troubling and if these allegations are true, Judge Moore should step aside.” 

“The people of the state of Alabama will make this decision.” 

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That alone would have been appropriate. But Conway went well beyond what was likely on the script, and well beyond what the Hatch Act would allow:

“And Doug Jones in Alabama. Folks don’t be fooled. He’ll 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 Doug Jones is a doctrinaire liberal, which is why he’s not saying anything and why the media are trying to boost him.”

That interview took place on the White House grounds. Fox host Steve Doocy introduced Conway with “Let’s talk to Kellyanne Conway. She’s Counselor to the President of the United States.” The chyron at the bottom of screen identified Conway as “Counselor to President Trump.”

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On December 5, 2017, CNN requested (through the White House Communications Office) an interview with Conway. The request specified the four topics to be discussed: the proposed tax reform, the Special Counsel investigation, the President’s and the Republication National Committee’s support for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, and a potential government shutdown. That same day, the White House Communications Office prepared and provided to Conway an official communications briefing. The document included a talking point about a telephone conversation between the President and Roy Moore, “during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign.” The next day, December 6, 2017, Conway appeared on CNN’s New Day and expressed opinions on why Alabama voters should vote for Roy Moore.

The interview, as with the one on November 20, took place on the White House grounds. Host Chris Cuomo Christopher Cuomo introduced “Conway as Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway.” As with the Fox News interview, the chyron at the bottom of the screen identified Conway as “Counselor to President Trump.”

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Despite her illegal opinions, Alabama voters elected Doug Moore to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A press release from the Counsel’s office noted that these instances occurred “after Conway received significant training on Hatch Act prohibitions.” The release lists FOUR instances when Conway was either trained, retrained, or counseled on the rules of the Hatch Act. She was notified and provided guidance a FIFTH time after the November 20 interview, but appears to have repeated the violation again only weeks later. It now falls to President Trump to decide what discipline Conway will face.

Featured image photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

Dave Weaver is a freelance political journalist and author. Born in Pennsylvania, which was home most of his life, Dave has called Maryland, New York, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, and Maine home over the last decade. All the wandering has allowed Dave to experience America (and Americans) from a variety of perspectives. For a political junkie, the insights gained from this exposure are invaluable.

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Dave Weaver is a freelance political journalist and author. Born in Pennsylvania, which was home most of his life, Dave has called Maryland, New York, Kentucky, Arkansas, Ohio, and Maine home over the last decade. All the wandering has allowed Dave to experience America (and Americans) from a variety of perspectives. For a political junkie, the insights gained from this exposure are invaluable.

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