The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has launched a petition demanding White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayPennsylvania Republican David McCormick launches Senate campaign McCormick drawing support from Trump alumni ahead of Pennsylvania Senate bid Christie says Trump, Meadows should have warned him of positive COVID-19 test MORE resign for repeated violations of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in elections in their official capacity.
"Based on CREW complaints, the Office of Special Counsel has found that Kellyanne Conway’s repeated violations of the Hatch Act by using her official position for partisan purposes warrant her removal from federal service," the group says on a website page for its petition. "OSC’s determination is unprecedented, but such egregious violations, and her expressed disdain for the law, make clear that her removal is necessary to preserve the rule of law."
The petition had accrued more than 12,600 signatures as of Sunday morning. The group's goal is to reach 12,800 signatures.
Here’s how OSC described Kellyanne Conways’ behavior in response to our complaint:— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) June 16, 2019
It’s time for her to gohttps://t.co/ycHh2Phgo5
CREW, a nonprofit accountability watchdog organization, has repeatedly criticized the Trump administration's conduct and has filed two complaints against Conway for alleged Hatch Act violation.
In light of CREW's complaints, the OSC last week urged President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE to remove Conway from the White House for what it said were repeated violations of federal law.
In a 17-page report sent to Trump, the office accused Conway of breaking the law on numerous occasions “by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media."
“As a highly visible member of the administration, Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions,” special counsel Henry Kerner wrote to Trump. “Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.”
The White House dismissed the findings, calling the recommendation “deeply flawed."
“No, I’m not going to fire her. I think she’s a terrific person,” Trump said during an interview with “Fox & Friends" on Friday.