Committee Examined Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration

Jun 27, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2019)— Chairman Elijah E. Cummings convened a hearing entitled, “Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration.”


  • Henry Kerner testified that Kellyanne Conway’s repeated and blatant Hatch Act violations are unprecedented. She continues to ignore the repeated warnings issued by the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and even questioned whether she has to comply with the Hatch Act.
  • Mr. Kerner testified that Kellyanne Conway’s “failure to follow the Hatch Act” and her announcement that she “essentially doesn’t care” undermines the fundamental principles of our democratic system because “it shows the rule of law only applies to the little people, that people who are well connected do not have to comply with the law.”
  • Committee Republicans attacked Mr. Kerner, a Trump appointee and former Republican staff member of this Committee, for doing his job and reporting Ms. Conway’s violations to the White House.
  • Chairman Cummings invited Kellyanne Conway to testify at today’s hearing to respond to OSC’s findings. The White House sent a letter on behalf of Ms. Conway declining the Committee’s invitation. The Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to approve the issuance of a subpoena to Kellyanne Conway.


The Honorable Henry J. Kerner
Special Counsel
Office of Special Counsel

Ms. Kellyanne Conway
Counselor to the President
White House


Watch Chairman Cummings’ opening statement.

Watch Chairman Cummings’ question line.

Watch Rep. Sarbanes’s question line.

Watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s question line.


116th Congress