The US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) on Tuesday announced that Conway, an aide to President Trump, on two occasions violated the Hatch Act by "advocating for and against candidates" in the 2017 special election in Alabama to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The OSC has sent their findings to the president, as the White House itself has been directed to deliver disciplinary action to Conway. "He's bad for property owners", Conway said about then-Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones (D-Ala.) during a November appearance on Fox and Friends televised from the White House lawn.
The White House, however, refutes the report.
Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics who is now the senior director of the Campaign Legal Center, the nonpartisan group that filed the ethics office complaints against Conway, called on Trump to take disciplinary action against her.
In the second interview on CNN on December 6, Conway made similar comments, even after receiving public criticism for her previous statements on Fox News. He is strong on raising your taxes. "She simply expressed the President's obvious position that he have people in the House and Senate who support his agenda", said a statement by deputy press Secretary Hogan Gidely.
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The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from using their official authority to interfere with or influence the outcome of an election, the report explains.
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"I'm telling you, we want the votes in the Senate to get the tax bill through", Conway replied.
The OSC said in its letter declaring Conway in violation of the law that it would leave the matter to the President, and the White House promptly issued a statement defending Conway.
"The question now is whether the White House will uphold the Hatch Act, as it is up to the White House to decide how high-level employees like Conway should be disciplined". At one point, Cuomo cautioned Conway specifically about the Hatch Act, saying "y$3 ou have to be careful about observing the rules of ethics there".
"In both instances, Conway appeared in her official capacity".
Conway has previously attracted the attention of government watchdogs: Last February, during an interview with Fox News, Conway plugged the clothing line of Ivanka Trump after it was dropped by Nordstrom department stores.
But White House's claim that Conway "did not advocate" for the election of Moore - who was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones after numerous women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault, including child molestation - is absurd.
The Office of Special Counsel found that the White House reasoning "lacks merit", adding that Conway's comments went beyond commentary.