Tag Archives: Hatch Act

Meadows: “Nobody Really Cares” About The Hatch Act

Mediaite reports: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows shrugged off criticisms for the second night of the Republican National Convention, saying “nobody” cares if the ceremonial pomp violated the Hatch Act. Meadows gave an interview on Wednesday for POLITICO Playbook, during which, Anna Palmer brought up Secretary of State Mike Pompeo giving a speech to the convention in the …

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Trump Holds Illegal Naturalization Ceremony At RNC

The Washington Post reports: Trump arrived at a lectern set up in the White House’s Great Hall. There, acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf waited, along with five candidates for naturalization: two men and three women, one in a headscarf and another in a traditional Indian sari. The five were presented to Wolf. “On behalf of everyone here today,” Wolf …

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Conway Hit With Yet Another Hatch Act Complaint

From the government watchdog group CREW: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act yet again. This time, she did so in interviews on Fox News on August 12 and August 13, in her official capacity and on White House grounds, in which she discussed government business but also attacked the presumptive Democratic nominees for president and vice …

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Ivanka Trump Posts Literal Commercial For Goya Foods

New York Magazine reports: In her effort to make a can of beans the latest totem of the culture war, the tweet from the senior adviser to the president also appears to violate the ethical standards for executive branch employees, who may not use public office for private gain or “for the endorsement of any product.” Past examples of White …

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Hatch Act Complaint Filed Against Jared Kushner

From the government watchdog group CREW: White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President Jared Kushner violated the Hatch Act during a CNN interview on Sunday, according to a complaint filed today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Throughout the interview, Kushner advocated on behalf of the Trump campaign …

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Watchdog: Conway Now Has 50+ Hatch Act Violations

Via press release from the watchdog group CREW: In less than a year, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway appears to have violated the Hatch Act on more than 50 occasions using her @KellyannePolls Twitter account which she uses for both personal and official government business. On June 13, 2019, Special Counsel Henry Kerner, a Trump appointee, took the unprecedented …

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HUD Official Gets Stern Letter For Hatch Act Violations

Remember a few months ago when this Trump lackey declared “I don’t give a shit” about Hatch Act violations and dared her critics to come after her? The Office of Special Counsel has reprimanded Lynne Patton, a top Department of Housing and Urban Development official with ties to President Donald Trump’s family, for making political statements on the job. Patton, …

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House To Subpoena Conway On Hatch Act Violations

The New York Times reports: A House panel voted on Wednesday to subpoena Kellyanne Conway for her testimony after she failed to show to a hearing at which a special counsel told the committee she should be fired from the White House for her “egregious, repeated, and very public violations” of federal ethics law. The House Oversight and Reform Committee’s …

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Conway Won’t Show At Hatch Act Violations Hearing

CNN reports: White House lawyers told the House Oversight Committee on Monday that senior counselor Kellyanne Conway will not appear at a hearing on Wednesday after a federal agency said earlier this month that she was a repeat offender of the Hatch Act and she should be fired. Chairman Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, told CNN that he planned to …

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Conway: Liberals Want To “Put A Big Roll Of Masking Tape Over My Mouth” To Stop My Hatch Act Violations

The Hill reports: Kellyanne Conway on Monday claimed allegations she violated the Hatch Act are politically motivated, after a House committee floated a subpoena for the White House counselor. The House Oversight and Reform Committee will vote this week on a subpoena to compel Conway to testify on the Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) finding that she violated the law …

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Watchdog Group Files Hatch Act Complaint On Ivanka

The Hill reports: A watchdog group filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Thursday claiming Ivanka Trump, who is President Trump’s daughter and serves as his assistant, violated the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in elections in their official capacity. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) cited a tweet from Ivanka …

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Office Of Special Counsel: Kellyanne Conway Should Be Fired For Her Repeated Violations Of The Hatch Act

The Washington Post reports: The Office of Special Counsel has recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work. The report submitted to President Trump found that Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by “disparaging …

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Kellyanne Conway On Her Hatch Act Violations: “Blah, Blah Blah, Let Me Know When The Jail Sentence Starts”

The Hill reports: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday scoffed at a government office’s findings that she violated a decades-old law barring officials from weighing in on elections in their government capacity as she railed against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s record. When reporters noted the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found she violated the Hatch Act with two …

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Trump Official “Doesn’t Care” About Breaking Law

The Huffington Post reports: Lynne Patton, a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wrote last week that she may have broken a federal law meant to prevent officials from politicizing their government positions, but said that even if that were the case, she “honestly” didn’t care. “Just retweeted this amazing tweet from both of my Twitter …

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Federal Workers Banned From Discussing Impeachment

The Washington Post reports: In a move that some ethics advocates say could be an opening to limit dissent, the federal government has issued new guidance for the political activity of federal government workers, warning that weighing in on impeachment or talking about “the Resistance” may constitute prohibited activity. The Office of Special Counsel is charged with enforcing the Hatch …

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Melania’s Spox Found In Violation Of Hatch Act

Newsweek reports: Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham violated the Hatch Act, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel confirmed on Thursday. The affirmation comes two months after Senator Tom Carper filed a complaint that Grisham was in violation of the ethics law when she used her official Twitter account to post a message that included Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan “Make …

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Conway Dodges On Hatch Act Punishment [VIDEO]

Politico reports: Kellyanne Conway said Thursday she had spoken to President Donald Trump about a watchdog report that found her past remarks on the Alabama special election to be in violation of federal law, but the counselor to the president declined to say whether she would face disciplinary action over the ethics breach. “The president and I have spoken about …

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White House Response: Conway’s Hatch Act Violations Only Show Her Desire To Comply With Hatch Act

ThinkProgress reports: “Kellyanne Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate,” the White House statement, attributed to deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, says. “She simply expressed the President’s obvious position that he have [sic] people in the House and Senate who support his agenda.” In an Orwellian twist, the statement concludes by asserting that Conway’s …

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Office Of Special Counsel: Kellyanne Conway Violated Hatch Act With Her Televised Support For Roy Moore

Reuters reports: 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, …

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Feds Open Hatch Act Case Against Kellyanne Conway

The Hill reports: The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is opening a case file to address allegations that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated federal law when she made comments about GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s Democratic challenger. Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel last week …

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