Committee to Examine Hatch Act Violations During the Trump Administration

Jun 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2019)—On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, the Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing to examine violations of the Hatch Act under the Trump Administration.  Although Kellyanne Conway was invited to testify at this hearing, the White House sent a letter this week notifying the Committee that Ms. Conway will not appear.  The Committee will move forward with a vote to subpoena Ms. Conway to compel her appearance at a future hearing.

 

WHERE:  2154 Rayburn House Office Building 

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 26, 2019

 

TIME:  10 a.m. EST

 

The hearing will be broadcast here

 

Due to limited seating, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 5 p.m. today.  An RSVP does not guarantee a seat, but the Committee will do its best to accommodate as many organizations as possible.  Only one media representative per outlet will be allowed in the room.  Gallery contact information is below:

 

House Radio/TV Gallery:     radiotv@mail.house.gov                   202-225-5214

House Periodical Gallery:     periodical.press@mail.house.gov     202-225-2941

House Daily Press Gallery:   dailypressgallery@mail.house.gov   202-225-3945

Photographer Gallery:           Press_Photo@saa.senate.gov            202-224-6548

 

BACKGROUND

 

  • 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.

  

INVITED WITNESSES

 

The Honorable Henry J. Kerner

Special Counsel

Office of Special Counsel

 

Ms. Kellyanne Conway

Counselor to the President

White House

 

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116th Congress