Headline RoundupJune 13th, 2019

Office of Special Counsel: Conway Violated the Hatch Act

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Thursday, the Office for the Special Counsel released a report stating that Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the President, violated the Hatch Act a number of times. The Hatch Act prevents some employees of the executive branch from making politically-motivated statements, with exceptions for the President, Vice President, and other specific positions- none of which Conway held. According to the report, Conway violated the Hatch Act by repeatedly disparaging Democratic candidates during interviews, social media posts, and press releases. The Hatch Act was implemented in 1939 and designed to keep non-political appointments away from partisan divide. The White House has rejected the report, and insists that the Department of Justice withdraw it.

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