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President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway skipped an Dem-led House Oversight hearing on Monday and defied a Congressional subpoena by refusing to testify about her (non existent) Hatch Act violations.
In a letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the panel, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone asserted the Trump administration’s long-standing view that current and former presidential advisers are “absolutely immune” from congressional testimony, writing: “Ms. Conway cannot be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president.”
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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,” Cipollone continued.
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) threatened to hold Kellyanne Conway in contempt if she does not honor the subpoena by July 25.
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“This is a clear cut case. We are not requiring her to testify about advice she gave the president or about the White House’s policy decisions,” Cummings said Monday.
“We are requiring her to testify before Congress about her multiple violations of federal law, her waste of taxpayer funds, and her actions that compromise public confidence in the integrity of the federal government,” he added.
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