House Oversight to hold hearing on Conway's Hatch Act violations

The House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing later this month with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) after the government agency recommended White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump offers condolences on frequent foe Cummings: 'Very hard, if not impossible, to replace' Lawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump George Conway accuses Trump of being a 'sociopath' MORE be fired for repeated violations of the Hatch Act.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMichael Steele: Celebrating Elijah Cummings, a servant and a leader Republicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death House leaders offer tributes from floor to Elijah Cummings MORE (D-Md.), the committee's chairman, said in a statement on Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE should "immediately" fire Conway based on the OSC's findings. 

The hearing will take place on June 26, Cummings said, and Conway will be invited "to answer for her violations."

"Allowing Ms. Conway to continue her position of trust at the White House would demonstrate that the President is not interested in following the law—or requiring his closest aides to do so," Cummings said.

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He noted that the panel has had additional concerns about Conway's use of private jets and her role in the administration's drug control strategy and that the White House had not provided requested documents related to either matter.

Under the Hatch Act, federal employees are prohibited from engaging in elections in their official capacity.

The Office of Special Counsel sent a 17-page report to Trump on Thursday accusing 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” and calling on the president to oust her "immediately."

The office cited more than half a dozen interviews Conway did with Fox News and CNN between February and May 2019 and noted her dismissive attitude toward past violations.

The independent agency, which is unrelated to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE and his Russia investigation, has never recommended that the White House fire an employee over Hatch Act violations.

The decision to discipline or dismiss Conway falls to Trump, not the OSC.

The White House, which has stonewalled Democratic requests for testimony and documentation as part of its oversight investigations, rejected the OSC's recommendation that Conway be fired and called its findings "deeply flawed."

“Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations — and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act,” White House spokesman Steven Groves said in a statement.