The Office of Special Counsel has opened a case looking into whether or not White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway’s comments about Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore’s Democratic opponent violated federal law.
The news follows the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, filing an official complaint with the special counsel office last week claiming Conway’s words violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their offices to campaign for or against political candidates.
“WH defended Conway against @CampaignLegal’s Hatch Act complaint by saying her words about Jones supported POTUS’s agenda. That’s an admission of guilt!” Shaub said in a tweet announcing that Ana Galindo-Marrone, the chief of the Office of Special Counsel’s Hatch Act Unit, had opened “a case file to address this matter.”
WH defended Conway against @CampaignLegal’s Hatch Act complaint by saying her words about Jones supported POTUS’s agenda. That’s an admission of guilt! Jones’ only relevance to POTUS is his bid for Senate, and the topic was: Does POTUS have the votes in the Senate for a tax bill.
Shaub’s complaint stems from comments Conway made during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” when the White House aide took a shot at Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled,” Conway said. “He’ll be a vote against tax cuts. He’s weak on crime, weak on borders. He’s strong on raising your taxes. He’s terrible for property owners. And Doug Jones is a doctrinaire liberal, which is why he’s not saying anything and the media are trying to boost him.”