Citing repeated violations of ethics laws, a prominent ethical observer from Washington on Friday launched a lobbying campaign and petition to remove Kellyanne Conway from her role as a White House advisor.
Conway's gross violations and contempt for the law clearly indicate that his removal is necessary to preserve the rule of law, reads in the petition of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization with a purpose nonprofit nonprofit that has launched numerous complaints against the Trump administration.
The petition states that Conway "should not be allowed to continue using his official role to attack political opponents of the president and to show open disdain for federal law without consequences".
The campaign was launched after a federal watchdog had recommended the dismissal of Conway, citing violations of The Hatch Act, a 1939 law banning almost all employees in the executive branch – at the same time. Except for the President and the Vice President – to campaign in the exercise of their functions. ability or "interfering with, or affecting, the result of an election or appointment to a position."
The report of the Office of the United States Special Advisers (OSC) – not to be confused with Special Advisor Robert Mueller – describes many cases in which Conway appeared to violate the law while he was appearing on cable television .
On November 20, 2017, Conway appeared on Fox and friends and discussed why Democrat Doug Jones, then a candidate for a US Senate seat in Alabama, should not be elected. On December 6, 2017, she appeared on CNN and endorsed Jones' opponent, Roy Moore, who was accused of improperly touching young women and teens. (Moore denied the allegations.)
"Ms. Conway's violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees stating that they are not required to abide by the restrictions imposed by the Hatch Act," says the OSC report. "His actions undermine the main foundation of our democratic system – the rule of law."
The CREW petition, which had collected more than 6,000 signatures on Saturday afternoon, is largely a symbolic effort. In the end, President Donald Trump must decide to dismiss Conway from his post and, until now, he has declined the recommendation.
"No, I'm not going to fire her," Trump told Fox News this week, following his interrogation. "I think that's a great person."
This is not the first time that Conway, who joined the Trump campaign in 2016, has been accused of violating the rules of ethics. The White House collaborator was examined for the first time under the banner of ethics in 2017 when she publicly endorsed Ivanka Trump's clothing brand. In addition, her habit of divulging erroneous information during her appearances in cable channels has prompted some critics to blacklist her on TV shows, including MSNBC hosts. Joe in the morning.
"Never [the Office of Special Counsel] In his letter, Special Advisor Henry Kerner wrote to Special Advocate Henry Kerner and the OSC respectfully requests that Ms. Conway meet the same standards as all other federal employees. federal service is the appropriate disciplinary measure. "
Conway, meanwhile, has not yet commented or acknowledged Kerner's findings.