U.S. House panel votes to subpoena Trump adviser Conway on Hatch Act

AOL.com | 6/26/2019 | magdalena-guillen
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WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee voted 25-16 on Wednesday to subpoena testimony from White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway after she failed to appear at a hearing about her alleged violations of the Hatch Act, a law that limits federal employees' political activity.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), a U.S. government watchdog agency, earlier this month recommended Conway be fired for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.

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Consistent with a pattern of stonewalling numerous congressional investigations of President Donald Trump, his administration and business interests, the White House has asserted that Conway did not need to testify to the committee.

Henry Kerner, who runs the Office of Special Counsel, said at the committee hearing that Conway left him "no choice" but to recommend her termination because she has committed "at least 10 separate Hatch Act violations, expressed no remorse and continues to express disdain" for the law.

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Kerner is a Trump appointee who previously worked for Republican lawmakers in Congress. His office is an independent agency that enforces the Hatch Act. It is not connected to the office of former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"Here, we have a clear-cut case of a federal employee violating federal law over and over and over again ... and we have the White House asserting that Congress may not question this employee," said Elijah Cummings, the Oversight Committee's chairman. "This is the opposite of accountability, and it is contrary to our fundamental system of laws in this country."

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Representative Jim Jordan, the committee's top Republican, said Democrats...
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