Trump says he won't fire Kellyanne Conway for Hatch Act violations


Conway was accused by the Office of the Special Counsel on Thursday of violating the Hatch Act by campaigning for and against candidates while in her capacity as a White House staffer.

Trump later told Fox News that he was going to have a "very strong briefing" on the issue and "I'll see, but it seems to me to be very unfair, it's called freedom of speech". In a letter accompanying the report, special counsel Henry Kerner asks Trump to remove Conway to set an example for other federal employees. "I think she's a tremendous person, she's loyal, she's a great person". In an explosive report released a day earlier, the Office of Special Counsel (which is separate from the office with a similar name previously run by Robert Mueller) cited Conway for repeatedly violating the law with political statements about Democratic presidential candidates in media interviews and on Twitter.

On Fox, Trump said he had no intentions of firing Conway, and argued that the Hatch Act goes against the First Amendment.

-What is the Hatch Act? If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations would nearly certainly result in removal from her federal position by the Merit Systems Protection Board.

"It really sounds like a free speech thing", he added, reported Breitbart reporter Charlie Spiering.

Counsel to the President Pat Cipollone also responded to Kerner's recommendation, which he blasted in a letter as "a product of a fatally flawed process". Conway was found guilty of multiple violations of The Hatch Act bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work. "Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system - the rule of law". "The Report is based on numerous grave legal, factual, and procedural errors". OSC then demanded a response by 9:00 a.m. the following morning.

Calling in to Fox & Friends to speak on a number of his favorite topics ("No one has accomplished more in two and a half years", Trump boasted of himself, with Doocey smiling and shaking his head in the affirmative), Trump dismissed Kilmeade's question about Conway.