Trump says he won't fire Conway over Hatch Act violations

Trump says he won’t fire Kellyanne Conway for improperly slamming his rivals

Trump says he won’t fire Kellyanne Conway for improperly slamming his rivals

It prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activities while they are on the job.

The Special Counsel's Office - not affiliated with Robert Mueller - issued a report to the president saying Conway violated the law by criticizing Democrat presidential candidates in her capacity as a federal employee.

He even suggested he would not counsel Conway to tone it down.

"It doesn't work that way", Trump said, arguing that Conway was merely responding to political attacks against him. "A person wouldn't be able to express themselves, and I just don't see it".

"I'm going to get a very strong briefing on it".

On Thursday, the Office of Special Counsel Henry Kerner issued a letter recommending the dismissal of Conway, citing "numerous violations of the Hatch Act". Still, he was deferential to Trump, making clear the decision on whether to remove Conway is his alone. "The OSC's draft Report is based on multiple fundamental legal and factual errors, makes unfair and unsupported claims against a close adviser to the President, is the product of a blatantly unfair process that ignored statutory notice requirements, and has been influenced by various inappropriate considerations".

"I write to submit an initial response to the draft Office of Special Counsel report concerning Assistant to the President and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.", the letter reads. He said this was "not some sort of a drop-it-on-them situation".

Kerner, though, said not offering recommendations for disciplinary action was "a bad signal to federal workers".

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway looks toward U.S. President Donald Trump during a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019. "Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was "'lying" about her ethnicity.

As a reminder, Conway is the only woman in US history to manage and win a presidential campaign.

Cipollone also said that Conway's social media statements and media interviews did not constitute Hatch Act violations.

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