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13 Trump Aides Broke Law By Mixing Politics, Jobs: Report

Meadows, Kushner are included as violators after investigation

(Newser) - At least 13 former Trump administration officials violated the law by mingling campaigning with their official government duties, according to a new federal investigation, the AP reports. The report from the Office of Special Counsel says the officials broke the law without consequence and with the administration's approval as...

Psaki Says Sorry for Possible Breach: 'Words Certainly Matter'

Ethics watchdog says press secretary shouldn't have promoted Va. gubernatorial contender McAuliffe

(Newser) - President Biden's camp is going all in for support of Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, but one member of that team is now getting dinged for not lying low. Reuters reports that the nonprofit watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has called for an...

Meadows: RNC Hatch Act Worries Are 'a Lot of Hoopla'

'Nobody outside of the Beltway really cares'

(Newser) - The Republican National Convention has featured what analysts say is an unprecedented blurring of the lines between campaigning and governing—but White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has dismissed concerns about violations of the Hatch Act. Legal observers believe the 1939 act, which bans most executive branch employees from...

House Panel Not OK With Kellyanne Conway's No-Show

House Oversight Committee votes 25-16 to subpoena her over Hatch Act violations

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway didn't appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday—and so that same committee voted to subpoena her testimony. It's looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated the Hatch Act, a federal law that bars federal employees from engaging in politics while on the job. The...

White House Won't Allow Kellyanne Conway to Testify

House committee is reviewing her alleged Hatch Act violations

(Newser) - The White House said Monday it will not allow presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway to appear before a House committee looking into allegations that she repeatedly violated a federal law that limits political activity by government workers. The White House refusal, outlined in a letter from White House lawyer Pat Cipollone,...

Trump Has Quick Answer About Kellyanne Conway

He tells Fox News that he's not going to fire her over the Hatch Act

(Newser) - A federal watchdog wants President Trump to fire top adviser Kellyanne Conway . On Friday, Trump called in to Fox News and made clear that's not going to happen, reports the Hill . "No, I'm not going to fire her," Trump said during his call-in to Fox &...

Federal Watchdog Tells Trump to Fire Kellyanne Conway

Agency says she has violated the Hatch Act repeatedly

(Newser) - A federal watchdog recommended Thursday that President Trump immediately fire adviser Kellyanne Conway—but that looks highly unlikely. The watchdog is the Office of the Special Counsel, but this has nothing to do with Robert Mueller. Instead, it's all about the Hatch Act, an 80-year-old government statute that bars...

Fresh Ethics Trouble for Kellyanne Conway
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Fresh Ethics Trouble for Kellyanne Conway

Office of Special Counsel determines she twice violated Hatch Act

(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...

HUD Secretary Broke Law by Praising Clinton

Julian Castro fell foul of Hatch Act during TV interview

(Newser) - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro may have wrecked his chances of becoming Hillary Clinton's running mate —with a Hillary Clinton endorsement. An Office of Special Counsel investigation has determined that Castro broke the 1939 Hatch Act, which restricts the partisan political activities of federal executive branch...

RNC Chief: Obama Is Guilty of Fundraising Crime

Priebus wants White House video investigated

(Newser) - The chief of the Republican National Committee wants the Department of Justice to investigate an "apparent crime" committed when President Obama recorded a fundraising video in the White House. Reince Priebus says the video was recorded in the Map Room, violating a law against using any area of the...

Bushies Illegally Billed Taxpayer for Political Trips

Office of Special Counsel finds widespread violations

(Newser) - A three-year Office of Special Counsel investigation has found that members of George W. Bush’s administration—including at least seven Cabinet secretaries—campaigned on the taxpayer dime. In the run-up to the 2006 elections, Cabinet members took many politically motivated trips, falsely claiming they were on official business, investigators...

The Karl Rove Question: Were Federal Assets Used to Further GOP?

(Newser) - In the wake of Karl Rove's resignation, the Washington Post  does a detailed account of the political strategist's use of the White House to pursue his dream of insuring GOP dominance for the foreseeable future. While all administrations send senior officials out to help party members get elected, the Post...

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