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 CummingsCummings: 'No doubt about it' Trump is a racist Cummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe DHS chief to Pelosi: Emergency border funding 'has already had an impact' MORE (D-Md.) on Wednesday said that subpoenaing Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayFederal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments Kellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers 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."


"Contrary to claims from Ms. Conway and President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller 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.