The administration is fighting back after a federal watchdog agency recommended that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be ousted for violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal workers.
In a letter to special counsel Henry Kerner, White House counsel Pat Cipollone slammed any suggestion by the Office of the Special Counsel to fire Conway, Roll Call reported.
“Worst of all,” he said, “OSC’s ‘call’ upon the president ‘to remove Ms. Conway from her federal position immediately’ is as outrageous as it is unprecedented.”
The OSC said Conway has become a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while in her official capacity during television interviews.
But Cipollone said: “Even assuming that the Hatch Act applies to the most senior advisers to the president in the White House, OSC has violated its statutory obligation to provide Ms. Conway a reasonable opportunity to respond, violated Ms. Conway’s due process rights, and abused its discretion by issuing a report tainted by inappropriate external influences.”
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