Cummings on Conway Hatch Act violations: 'This is about right and wrong'

Cummings on Conway Hatch Act violations: 'This is about right and wrong'
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House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsMaloney wins vote for Oversight chairwoman House passes stopgap as spending talks stall Stopgap government funding measure includes census money, military pay raise MORE (D-Md.) on Wednesday said that subpoenaing Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway and Haley get into heated feud: 'You'll say anything to get the vice-presidential nomination' NBC signs Mueller 'pit bull' prosecutor Andrew Weissman as legal analyst George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing MORE over the White House counselor's alleged Hatch Act violations is not a partisan issue.

“There are rarely issues that come before our committee that are so clear-cut, but this is one of them," Cummings said.

"This is about right and wrong. This is about the core principle of our precious democracy, that nobody, not one person, in this country is above the law."

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"Contrary to claims from Ms. Conway and President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE, this is not a conspiracy to silence her or restrict her first amendment rights. This is an effort to enforce federal law. Which every clearly, no ambiguity here, prohibits employees from engaging in political activities on federal property or while using their official position," he continued.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent a 17-page report to President Trump earlier this month accusing Conway of breaking the Hatch Act law “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."

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

The report was the first time the independent agency called for the White House to fire an employee over Hatch Act violations.

The White House rejected the OSC's recommendation that Conway be fired and called its findings "deeply flawed."

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted to subpoena Conway after she did not voluntarily appear at a hearing on Wednesday.