“This country has been plunged into crisis because of the abuse of the official powers of the government by the president and those around him to promote his personal political interests,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement Friday. “Kellyanne Conway’s repeated and flagrant use of her official position for politics is one more manifestation of this alarming and anti-democratic trend.”
In June, the Trump administration’s own Office of Special Counsel found that Conway had already violated the Hatch Act 22 times using her @KellyannePolls Twitter account — on top of other violations of the law — and recommended that she be removed from her post. The OSC report called Conway a “repeat offender” who shows “disregard for the law” by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates in her White House role on TV and in social media.
But President Donald Trump refused to take action. Instead, the White House pressured OSC to retract the recommendation to fire Conway. Special Counsel Henry Kerner, a Trump appointee, responded that such a request was “wholly inappropriate” and argued that allowing Conway to continue to violate the Hatch Act “erodes” the rule of law.