A US government watchdog agency on Thursday recommended Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, be fired for repeatedly violating USA law with political comments while serving in the White House.
In a report addressed to the president, the special counsel's office identified Conway, long one a prominent Trump's aide and constantly at his side since he took office while others around him were ousted, as a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act who has "shown disregard for the law".
White House Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves argued the OSC was violating Conway's right to free speech.
Under fire from the Trump White House for an explosive report seeking top adviser Kellyanne Conway's removal, Special Counsel Henry Kerner said in an interview Thursday with Fox News that he has "no animus" toward her while defending his team's work.
The special counsel office cited Conway previous year for favoring a Republican candidate over a Democrat in an interview discussing a special Senate election in Alabama in 2017.
The president has also stood by Conway even as her husband, conservative lawyer George Conway, has disparaged Trump in a series of scathing opinion articles in national publications and on Twitter - and even called for Trump's impeachment.
The White House has responded to another attack from "Deep State" bureaucrats entrenched in the Washington establishment, telling the Office of Special Counsel to follow its own mandate to be "impartial".
The Hatch Act states that no administrative employee may run for partisan political office or "use his official authority or influence for the goal of interfering with or affecting the result of an election or a nomination for office".
The White House would do well to ignore this transparent attempt at disparaging Conway for political reasons.
The White House immediately rejected the special counsel office's ruling and demanded that it withdraw the report.
The OSC recommends Kelly "be removed from federal service". Cipollone argued that Conway's media appearances don't violate the Hatch Act. Elizabeth Warren of MA of "lying" about her ethnicity and "appropriating somebody else's heritage".
"Never has OSC had to issue multiple reports to the President concerning Hatch Act violations by the same individual", Kerner wrote.
The Hatch Act prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government from engaging in some forms of political activity.
Cipollone pointed out that the OSC provided the White House with a copy of the report on Conway at 5 p.m. on May 29 and demanded a response by 9 a.m. the following morning. I'm going to keep doing it.' They said she repeatedly had done that.
"It can not supply a basis for prohibiting an adviser to the President from commenting on a competing policy proposal or the individual who offers it simply because that individual is also running for President", Cipollone said. Or do you basically what she did, which is to say, 'No, I'm bigger than that'.
"Let me know when the jail sentence starts".