Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration
On June 13, 2019, the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent President Trump a letter and report finding that Conway violated the Hatch Act dozens of times and calling on the President “to remove Ms. Conway from her federal position immediately.”
The Hatch Act restricts federal employees from engaging in “political activity” on federal property, while “on duty,” when “wearing a uniform or official insignia identifying the office or position of the employee,” or when using government property, such as vehicles, computers, printers, copiers and telephones.
On March 6, 2018, the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent President Trump a previous report finding that Ms. Conway “violated the Hatch Act on two occasions by advocating for and against candidates in the December 2017 Alabama special election for United States Senate.”
On June 13, 2019, Chairman Cummings and Chairman Connolly sent a letter inviting Ms. Conway to testify at the hearing to address her “failure to comply with federal laws, including ethics laws and the Hatch Act,” and asked Ms. Conway to confirm her attendance by June 17, 2019.
On June 24, 2019, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter on behalf of Ms. Conway declining the Committee’s invitation. The White House claimed absolute immunity for Ms. Conway to decline any request from Congress for her testimony.
- Armstrong UC-OSC Website
- CREW Statement
- Hill UC-5 U.S.C. 1212
- Hill UC - OSC Hatch Act Fact Sheet
- Jordan UC - OSC Complaint 5-8-19
- Jordan UC - OSC Complaint 10-23-18
- Meadows UC - Code of Federal Regulations
- Meadows UC - June 11, 2019 letter from White House to OSC
- Questions for the Record Response from Mr. Kerner dated July 15, 2019
- Pressley UC - CREW Document on Hatch Act
- Hearing Transcript