More than 15,000 people have so far signed a new petition calling for the ouster of Kellyanne Conway. That petition was started by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) following the Office of Special Counsel’s finding in their favor on their complaints that Conway has been repeatedly violating the law by making partisan political comments while acting in her official capacity as counselor to the president. Conway has also previously been found to be in violation of the Hatch Act, a 1939 law that prohibits many federal officials, including Conway, from making partisan political statements while acting in their official capacity. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found Conway’s violations to be so “unprecedented”, “ongoing”, and “egregious”, that it recommended to President Trump that she be “removed from federal service” immediately, according to The Hill.
The problem with the recommendation, however, is that it is up to Conway’s boss, i.e. President Trump, to impose disciplinary measures on Conway, and he has said he will not fire her, that he likes her, and described the Office Special Counsel’s findings as “deeply flawed“. The Hatch Act is yet another law that President Trump apparently believes he and his cronies may violate if it suits his interests to do so. Conway herself has belittled her violations of the Hatch Act, saying dismissively when questioned about those violations, according to The Huffington Post, “Blah, blah, blah …let me know when the jail sentence starts.” According to The Hill:
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has launched a petition demanding White House counselor Kellyanne Conway resign for repeated violations of the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in elections in their official capacity. “Based on CREW complaints, the Office of Special Counsel has found that Kellyanne Conway’s repeated violations of the Hatch Act by using her official position for partisan purposes warrant her removal from federal service,” the group says on a website page for its petition. “OSC’s determination is unprecedented, but such egregious violations, and her expressed disdain for the law, make clear that her removal is necessary to preserve the rule of law.” …In light of CREW’s complaints, the OSC last week urged President Trump to remove Conway from the White House for what it said were repeated violations of federal law. In a 17-page report sent to Trump, the office accused Conway of breaking the law on numerous occasions “by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”
CREW posted a tweet last night with a link to their petition, writing, “Here’s how OSC described Kellyanne Conways’ behavior in response to our complaint: -Unprecedented -Egregious -Ongoing -Notorious -Unacceptable It’s time for her to go.”
President Trump continues to show disdain for the law, which has therefore spread throughout his administration. Trump shows, time and again, that he values self-interest above all else, and clearly believes having federal officials like Conway make partisan comments in their official capacity benefits his political interests, so, it seems, it makes no difference to him if Conway is in violation of the law. It seems unlikely that a petition will manage to convince Conway to resign or for Trump to fire her, but it can reflect the voting public’s disdain for corruption and willful violation of the law by the Trump administration, a rallying cry for the next election perhaps.