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Kellyanne Conway Defies House Democrats' Subpoena at White House Direction

16 July 2019

Cipollone added that President Donald Trump directed Conway not to appear at the hearing "in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President". The Committee followed up with a subpoena and, according to the Washington Post, Conway will once again follow the White House's directive; she will ignore the subpoena.

House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings responded Conway will be held in contempt if she doesn't change her mind by July 25.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), a USA government watchdog agency, last month recommended Conway be fired for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media. "This is bigger than just the Hatch Act or any other law".

The president declined to fire Conway, and Conway reacted to firing recommendation by saying it was an attempt to "chill" her free speech.

Conway is the only witness listed for a scheduled hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee titled "Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration".

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A spokesman for the committee, Aryele Bradford, said that as of early Monday afternoon the panel had not heard anything official from the White House about whether Conway would appear.

"The long-standing principle of immunity for senior advisers to the President is firmly rooted in the Constitution's separation of powers and protects the core functions of the presidency", he said.

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"In the days since the Department of Justice released a redacted version of the report, President Trump has told Congress that he plans to fight all of our subpoenas", he later added.

Conway told Fox News's Sean Hannity on Monday, "I'm concerned that there's such a weaponization and politicization of this thing called the Hatch Act". "We are not requiring her to testify about advice she gave the president or about the White House's policy decisions".

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George Conway, who initially supported Trump but has become one of the president's fiercest critics since he took office, said that despite his problems with Trump he had held off judging him to be a bigot.

Cipollone wrote that the immunity arises from the president's position as head of the Executive Branch and from Conway's position as a senior adviser to the president. Beginning in February 2019, Ms. Conway, during official media appearances, engaged in a pattern of partisan attacks on several Democratic Party candidates shortly after they announced their candidacy for President.

Kerner was appointed by Trump.

OSC found that Conway has violated the Hatch Act in the past. I know his heart and actions and how much he has helped people of color and I go by what people do, not what other people say about them, ' she said.

The OSC had provided the White House with a copy of the report on Conway at 5 p.m. on May 29 and demanded a response by 9 a.m. the following morning.

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Kellyanne Conway Defies House Democrats' Subpoena at White House Direction