Fed agency rec­om­mends Conway be fired

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Tak­ing un­prece­dented ac­tion, a fed­eral watch­dog agency rec­om­mended Thurs­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump fire one of his most ar­dent de­fend­ers, coun­selor Kellyanne Conway , for re­peat­edly vi­o­lat­ing a law that limits po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity by gov­ern­ment work­ers.

The U.S. Of­fice of Spe­cial Coun­sel, which is un­re­lated to spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s of­fice, said in a let­ter to Trump that Conway has been a “re­peat of­fender” of the Hatch Act by dis­parag­ing Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates while speak­ing in her of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity dur­ing tele­vi­sion in­ter­views and on so­cial me­dia.

Fed­eral law pro­hibits em­ploy­ees of the ex­ec­u­tive branch from us­ing their of­fi­cial au­thor­ity or in­flu­ence to affect the re­sult of an elec­tion.

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