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White House aide Conway violates law in TV interviews: government report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, violated federal law in two television interviews last year by using her White House position to weigh in on a political race, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said on Tuesday.
In the interviews, Conway “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates in the Alabama special election,” the independent investigative agency said in a report submitted to Trump for “appropriate disciplinary action.”
Such political activity violates the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their official capacity to affect elections, although some other political activities are allowed.
In a Fox News Channel on Nov. 20, Conway talked about why voters should not back Jones, and in a CNN interview on Dec. 6 she laid out why they should support Moore, the report said.
The White House previously denied that Conway had advocated for Alabama votes to cast their ballots any certain way.