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Kellyanne Conway failed to comply with a congressional subpoena Monday.
The counselor to the president did not appear for a hearing regarding allegation she violated the Hatch Act, even though the House Oversight Committee issued a subpoena for her to appear to testify.
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The Hatch Act limits federal employees from engaging in political activity, like working on campaigns.
The top White House lawyer, Pat Cipollone, directed Conway not to appear for the hearing, arguing in a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings that current and former White House officials were 'absolutely immune' from being required to testify before Congress.
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Three weeks ago, Conway also declined to appear voluntarily at a similar hearing before the committee. The committee then voted 25-16 to subpoena her testimony.
'Ms. Conway cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president,' Cipollone wrote.
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'Because of this constitutional immunity, and in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President, the president has directed Ms. Conway not to appear at the committee's scheduled hearing,' he continued.
Past presidential administrations from both parties have adopted similar arguments, but some legal...
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