Kellyanne Conway refused to voluntarily appear before Congress to speak about her numerous violations of the Hatch Act.
All Democrats and one Republican on the House Oversight Committee voted in favor of issuing a subpoena to top White House aide Kellyanne Conway regarding her violations of the Hatch Act. The Wednesday morning vote passed by a 25-16 margin, setting up yet another legal battle with yet another Trump official who refuses to cooperate with Congress.
The decision to subpoena came after Conway refused to voluntarily appear before the Oversight Committee to discuss her habit of breaking federal law.
The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), a federal watchdog agency not affiliated with special counsel Robert Mueller, recommended earlier this month that Conway be fired from her White House job for repeatedly and willfully violating the Hatch Act, a federal law which prohibits most government employees from engaging in partisan politics while acting in their official roles.
Conway's partisan actions, such as publicly endorsing candidates in elections, "erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law," the OSC report stated.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), chair of the House Oversight Committee, invited both Conway and Henry Kerner, the Trump-appointed head of the OSC, to the Wednesday hearing. Conway refused to appear before Congress, bizarrely claiming that an opportunity to speak openly during a public hearing was somehow an attempt to silence her.
Kerner accepted the invitation, and testified before the committee Wednesday morning. Even as his testimony began, Republicans like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) were speaking out of turn and creating a tense, partisan atmosphere even though the sole witness was a Trump appointee.
Conway's refusal to cooperate with a congressional investigation is yet another example of obstruction by the Trump White House. The House has resorted to issuing subpoenas to multiple current and former White House officials to compel their cooperation with investigations — but the White House has stonewalled those legitimate subpoenas in what appears to be an attempt to hide information from Congress.
According to the OSC, Conway repeatedly and flagrantly violated the law. When given a chance to tell her side of the story, Conway refused to appear before Congress, forcing the hand of Congress into issuing another subpoena to another reluctant White House official.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.