When Kellyanne Conway used the White House to bash Joe Biden, she potentially committed a crime, which is why Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) requested a formal review.
Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act when she bashed Joe Biden
Sen. Thomas R. Carper is requesting a formal review of whether senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has again violated the federal law that’s intended “to prevent pernicious political activities.” In question, this time is whether Conway’s public statements, including from the White House lawn, about a potential 2020 foe of President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., ran afoul of the Hatch Act — which limits political speech by federal employees, especially while on official time.
“According to your office, Ms. Conway herself has already violated the Hatch Act on at least two separate occasions during discussions of the candidates in the 2017 Alabama special election for U.S. Senate,” Carper wrote. “These actions demonstrate a troubling lack of concern with Hatch Act compliance on the part of the Trump Administration; instead, senior government officials appear free to use their office to influence political elections regardless of the law.”
Kellyanne Conway is not above the law
It is illegal for any Trump administration official to engage in electioneering activities while on official government time. Conway has been found guilty in the past of using the White House platform to sell Ivanka Trump’s clothing line and other violations of the law. The Trump White House treats the law as something optional that they are above compliance with.
Sen. Carper’s request is a good move because the Trump administration views any violation of the law that goes unreported as an invitation to break even more laws. The members of this administration must be held accountable because each crime builds the case to voters for change in 2020.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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