Complaint Filed Against Kellyanne Conway For Illegal Election Meddling – And There’s Video Proof
Conway may have infringed on election rules
If there is one good thing that has come out of the Alabama special election and Roy Moore, it is that is has shown the depraved colors of many Republicans. While some like Mitch McConnell and Bill Kristol have shown that they do have a limit to their political hackery, others like President Trump himself have made one thing clear: an alleged child molester is better than a Democrat.
Seriously, the President of the United States actually took that position, when he was asked whether or not he endorsed Moore:
“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones. I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on military. I can tell you for a fact we do not need somebody who’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad for the military, bad for the Second Amendment.”
White House Counselor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, known to TV viewers as his chief apologist who tortures logic to defend Trump in a manner that should be against the Geneva Convention, said something similar, and it’s landed her in some hot water.
On Monday, November 20, we reported on an interview Conway did on “Fox & Friends” where, surprisingly, the network best known for it’s conservative propaganda actually pressed Conway on whether or not she was endorsing Roy Moore by saying that it was imperative to get the GOP tax plan passed at all costs. Conway played her usual trick of trying to change the subject from answering for Trump to attacking a Democrat, any Democrat she can, as her go-to diversionary tactic.
But then Conway directly attacked one candidate, and expressed support – in her official capacity – for that candidate’s opponent.
After slamming candidate Doug Jones, running for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as a “doctrinaire liberal”, a harsh attack if directed to Fox News’ viewership, Conway was asked by host Brian Kilmeade, “so, vote Roy Moore?” For a government official like Conway, the only ethical and legal way to answer such a question on TV would be to acknowledge you’re not permitted to take such a stand. But Conway is no stranger to ethical violations, and didn’t hesitate to reply, “I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate…”
That’s right, asked on National TV for the official White House position on an active election, standing before the White House, Conway said “we” want the votes in the Senate. That she was speaking in her official capacity, and for the Administration, could not be more disturbingly clear.
According to Walter Shaub, the former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, it turns out that Conway may have made a big error when it came to her words: so big, in fact, that he is filing a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel against her.
In a series of Tweets put out by Shaub Wednesday, he pointed to the Hatch Act as the basis for his claims, which prevents prevents federal government employees from “using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election”
I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations. https://t.co/Mrm8al9nZz
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 22, 2017
Shaub makes a strong case against her. And if convicted, Conway will be guilty of a federal crime for which the penalty is termination of Government employment.
A Pattern of Ethics Violations
Of course, this is not the first time members of the Trump Administration have been accused of breaching the Hatch Act. In early June, Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino was hit with a warning letter from the aforementioned office, while in late June, Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, was criticized by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for attempting to influence an election through retweeting one of Trump’s tweets.
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Nor is this the first time Conway herself has crossed an ethical line to make an endorsement. When first daughter Ivanka Trump’s footwear line got mired in controversy, In an action former GOP House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (now a GOP propagandist himself on Fox News) called “wrong, wrong, wrong” and slammed as indefensible, Conway endorsed Ivanka’s brand in another interview, actively encouraging viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff”. Naturally that was a huge ethics violation which directly encouraged viewers to help the first family profit off the Presidency. Reportedly, Conway was officially “counseled” internally by the Trump Administration for that glaring violation of ethics. Although it’s debatable how seriously she was “counseled” it’s clear now that Conway didn’t take it seriously, and she clearly remains willing to throw ethics to the wind.
But with the filing of the ethics complaint against Conway it’s now in the Special Counsel’s hands, and that means the White House won’t be able to protect her.
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