The hearing in the House Oversight and Reform Committee to testify the allegations regarding the violation of the Hatch Act of 1939, observed White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s absence on Monday. It was the second attempt by the committee to question Conway in the past three weeks.
Conway earlier challenged a subpoena, which the committee had issued following her refusal to voluntarily appear to answer questions. The Hatch Act of 1939, a US federal law that was amended in 2012, aims to prohibit employees in the executive branch of the federal government along with certain exceptions, from engaging in some forms of political activity, including playing any active part in a campaign.
A month ago, the Special Counsel’s office recommended for the firing of Kellyanne Conway in a report sent to the Trump administration on allegations that the latter was involved in the public promotion of the president’s reelection campaign. Furthermore, Conway’s attacks against the Democratic members made her a “repeat offender” of the Hatch Act.
Democratic representative Elijah Cummings, also the Chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform, asserted one of the major accusations against Conway. He said that Conway “abused her position of trust” by using her role in government to promote the fashion products of Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter.
In a further attempt, it seems that the committee plans to hold a meeting on July 25 to hold Kellyanne Conway in contempt, if she fails to reconsider her decision of not testifying following the Hatch Act violations.
Trump administration, favoring the White House advisor, has repeatedly rejected the committee’s invitations of appearance for the hearings as well as subsequent subpoenas. They have called it a “purely political campaign to harass the President and his close advisors.”
Jim Jordan, the House Oversight Committee’s top Republican, also stood in favor of Kellyanne Conway, saying that her past comments on former Vice President Joe Biden and other political leaders were “honest opinions” that she “has every right to share”.
Jordan also said that the Democrats targeted Conway because of her effectiveness to hold the press accountable. He added that the Hatch Act violations were committed during the Obama administration citing Julian Castro’s example, who remained unpunished in 2016.
Other than all the favors and criticisms Kellyanne Conway has been getting related to the allegations of repeatedly violating the Hatch Act of 1939, it seems that the path ahead for the White House senior advisor would not be easy. The way she is being addressed by the Reform Committee to testify the allegations, posses a real question of whether she would get a fair hearing if she agrees for testifying.