Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, violated federal law in two televised interviews last year by using her White House position to weigh in on a political race, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said on Tuesday.
In the interviews, one on Fox News Channel on Nov. 20 and another on Dec. 6 on CNN, Conway “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election,” the independent investigative agency said in a report it submitted to Trump for “appropriate disciplinary action.”
The office, which has submitted the report to Trump “for appropriate disciplinary action,” said it gave Conway the opportunity to respond to the allegations, but she did not respond.
“While the Hatch Act allows federal employees to express their views about candidates and political issues as private citizens, it restricts employees from using their official government positions for partisan political purposes, including by trying to influence partisan elections,” the report says.
“In passing this law, Congress intended to promote public confidence in the Executive branch by ensuring the federal government is working for all Americans without regard to their political views.”