Conway Defies Her Subpoena
Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor, received a congressional subpoena, requiring her testimony in front of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. This is about her violations of the Hatch act, which, essentially, means that she is talking politics from her federal job position.
She has chosen to defy the subpoena, refusing to show up for testimony.
Trump is Protecting Her
Trump and the rest of his administration have a long-standing view that current and former advisers need to be “absolutely immune” from providing any kind of congressional testimony. Pat Cipollone, White House counsel, sent a letter to the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to identify that Ms. Conway can’t be compelled to provide testimony before Congress as it relates to her service as one of the president’s senior advisers.
Cipollone explained in the letter that Pres. Donald Trump has directed her not to appear at the scheduled hearing of the committee.
Cummings has since threatened to hold Kelly and Conway in contempt of Congress if she does not appear before July 25. Cummings explains that he is justified because the committee isn’t requiring her to testify about any advice given to the president or regarding any policy decisions from the White House. Instead, the committee wants her to testify regarding several violations of federal law, actions compromising public confidence, and her wasting taxpayer funds.
Just Another Dem Move
This isn’t surprising action from the Democrats of late. They have been taking turns harassing the various members of the Trump administration since 2016. The Democrat-led Oversight Committee is constantly creating ill-founded allegations against the president, his close advisers, as well as his various secretaries.
While many Dems have suggested that Trump fire Conway, he has chosen to defend her. As Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), top Republican on the committee says, the hearing is only for the purpose of creating political theater.
Essentially, the Democratic candidates are getting upset with her because she has talked about the president’s reelection campaign on official media appearances and has also talked about it on her Twitter account. According to OSC chief, Henry J Kerner, this is prohibited against the Hatch Act.
However, this is where things get fuzzy. If the adviser to the president can’t talk about the president getting re-elected, who can? It’s a part of politics. So, no federal employee can talk about politics? Literally, everyone who is in the White House is a federal employee and also a politician. The Hatch Act needs to be revised because there are plenty of Democrats who are in violation of this as well, according to Dems. The meaning of the Act is lost. It was to prevent blackmail. Do this or else lose your job. No one of late has done that.
Is the Hatch Act Outdated?
The Hatch Act may need to be rethought, in general. It was first created in the Great Depression-era to prevent federal workers from helping Democratic officials with campaigning in swing states. It offered protection against the pressure of doing a particular political activity or risk losing their job.
In many instances, it separates the line between politics and public office. There have been plenty of local, state, and federal government officials who have gotten in trouble with the Hatch Act.
Federal government workers can even get in trouble for sending partisan tweets.
The problem is that there is a considerable gray line. It is also not being followed through on a sufficient level. Plenty of Cabinet secretaries within the Obama administration violated the act, including 2020 primary Democratic candidate Julian Castro.
As Kathleen Clark, legal ethics expert from Washington University explains, it’s a firing offense rather than a criminal offense. No one goes to jail for it.
It’s easy to see that there are plenty of other federal government workers who are sending partisan tweets and who are pushing their own political agendas using their office – including Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of her “squad.”
The Democrats going after Kellyanne Conway for violations of the Hatch Act is proof of their desperation. They’re demanding that Trump fire her. Somehow, they weren’t expecting him to come to her defense. If she’s an adviser for the president, she should be openly endorsing the president’s re-election campaign. After all, she is an adviser to the president, not to the White House as a whole. Sanders, Warren, and every other representative, senator, or governor running in the 2020 race should be violated for the Hatch Act, then, too – and of course that won’t happen because there needs to be a clear understanding of what the Hatch Act was designed to do. Democrats, like usual, are taking things out of context to suit their own motives.