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The White House is blocking Kellyanne Conway from appearing before the House Oversight Committee’s Wednesday hearing on her alleged Hatch Act violations, citing “precedent,” it announced Monday evening.
The panel hearing, set to take place Wednesday at 10 a.m., plans to “examine the recommendation of the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC) that President Trump remove Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway from federal service.” However, Conway will not attend, despite the looming threat of a subpoena.
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White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote a letter to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Monday, arguing that Conway was well within established precedent.
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As you know, the precedent for members of the White House staff to decline invitations to testify before congressional committees has been consistently adhered to by administrations of both political parties, and is based on clearly established constitutional doctrines.
The threat of a subpoena lingered in the committee’s memo Friday. It read, “The Committee also will hold a business meeting to consider a subpoena in the event that Ms. Conway does not appear.”
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Cummings signaled he plans to move forward with the threat. He said he will “of course” hold her in contempt if she fails to show up to the panel hearing Wednesday morning.
“We cannot have people disobeying the law,” Cummings said. “The President is not above the law. And neither is Ms. Conway above the law.”
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The Office of the Special Counsel recently found Conway to be a...
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