Trump's ethics officer, who called for the release of Kellyanne Conway last week, will defend this decision on Wednesday in a congressional statement.
Henry Kerner, head of the White House Special Assistance Office, has testified before the House Supervision and Reform Committee, in which he criticizes Conway for alleged violations of the law by politicizing her post as a White House counselor.
"Their behavior hurts both federal employees who believe that senior officials can completely disregard the Hatch Act, as well as the American people, who may question their government's non-partisan workings," Kerner's statement, The Daily Animal received.
"woman. Conway's behavior is not a misunderstanding of the law, but a violation of the law, "adds the testimony.
Kerner's plan to attend the hearing, which was endorsed by a high-ranking member of the Democratic Committee, is a significant step as a large number of government officials have recently received sharply-armed testimony and summonses in Congress. The committee also invited Conway and intends to summon her if she does not appear, according to Politico.
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"The latest report was the result of a month-long investigation involving extensive communication with the White House," Kerner wrote in his testimony. "OSC repeatedly offered Ms. Conway the opportunity to abide by the law. She refused to do so. In fact, the frequency of their violations of the Hatch Act has just increased.
Conway fought back the allegations of Fox and Friends on Monday morning, saying the criticism was part of an effort to reduce the freedom of speech and the restriction on their First Amendment rights. White House spokesman Steve Groves also defended her after the report was published. He said the Hatch Act's rules were "unclear and unevenly applied" and "violated their constitutional rights to freedom of expression and due process." In a detailed letter to Kerner on June 11, Cipollone also defended Conway by saying that Kerners Office "has abused its discretion by issuing a report burdened by inappropriate external influences" and that its demand for their removal "is as outrageous as it is unprecedented."
According to statement he submitted to the committee, Kerner sent his report to the White House on May 29, giving Conway an extension to reply.
"After two weeks had passed, it became clear that Ms. Conway was not about to respond," the statement said . "Accordingly, we referred the report to the President on 13 June, based on the tremendous, repeated and very public offenses committed by Mrs Conway is based. "
" I have no personal incentive for Ms. Conway, "Kerner continues. "My actions and decisions in connection with OSC's reports were motivated solely by my duty to oversee the enforcement of the Hatch Act and to counter the obvious damage caused by Ms. Conway's violations their behavior has communicated to other federal employees that they do not have to abide by the Hatch Act or that senior officials are above the law. "
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.