Fresh Ethics Trouble for Kellyanne Conway
Office of Special Counsel determines she twice violated Hatch Act
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Updated Mar 6, 2018 2:04 PM CST
In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway walks back to the West Wing of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Two days ago, the New York Times was out with a piece titled "Defying the Odds, Kellyanne Conway Steps Back and Hangs On." Now, a perhaps uncomfortable step back into the spotlight. Tuesday brought word from the US Office of Special Counsel that Conway twice violated the Hatch Act, which the AP explains bars government officials from using their position to try to impact political campaigns. In November and December TV interviews with CNN and Fox, respectively, which were given in her "official capacity" as a White House aide, the federal watchdog determined Conway "impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election."

  • Next steps: CNN reports OSC Special Counsel Henry Kerner is placing the onus of what to do next on the president, whom Kerner has alerted to the violations for "consideration of appropriate disciplinary action."

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