Kellyanne Conway: Democrats are trying to 'silence me' by asking me to testify
Conway is whining like a baby about being asked to explain her repeated violations of the Hatch Act.
The House Oversight Committee plans to hold a hearing on Wednesday about White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, whom a government watchdog recommended be fired over her repeated violations of the Hatch Act — a federal law that prohibits government employees from engaging in partisan politics in their official roles.
The committee invited Conway to testify about her Hatch Act violations, and may even subpoena her given that she has so far refused to show up for the hearing.
And rather than agreeing to show up and apologize for her behavior, Conway is now whining like a baby about having to explain herself, claiming that she’s being unfairly targeted because she was so effective at communicating to help elect serial sexual predator Trump.
“You know that they’re mad about?” Conway said on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning. “They want to put a big roll of masking tape over my mouth because I helped as a campaign manager for the successful part of the campaign, I helped in many ways for the president and the vice president, who were our two greatest assets. … By being on television by being on radio, I helped and they want to silence me now.”
Kellyanne Conway dismisses Office of Special Counsel accusing her of repeatedly violating the Hatch Act — a law intended to bar federal employees from engaging in political activities while on the job.
"They want to silence me … our position is I haven't violated it." pic.twitter.com/U7XOBS8SMG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 24, 2019
Conway continued: “These are my First Amendment rights. They want to chill free speech because they don’t know how to beat him [Trump] at the ballot box.”
Of course, Conway’s legal issues have nothing to do with Democrats and everything to do with her own poor judgement.
The Office of Special Counsel — a government watchdog agency run by a Republican Trump appointee — wrote a blistering report chastising Conway for violating the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”
The report went on to say that “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 report found.
Trump, however, said he has no plans to fire Conway — selectively deciding when the rule of law matters to him.
And Conway’s whiny defiance shows she, too, has no plans to step down nor change her conduct to adhere to the law.
Because in the Trump administration, the rules apply to everyone else but not Trump and his cronies.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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