Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to President Donald J. Trump, will defy a subpoena to testify before the congressional clown show over alleged Hatch Act violations.
What: The New York Times is reporting that Conway will not testify before Congress on charges she violated the Hatch Act of 1939, an ethics laws prohibiting government employees from engaging in political activities at work.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-MD) Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, whose wife faces several ethics probes of her own related to a charity which she reportedly used for self-enrichment, threatened Conway in contempt if she does not appear before the Committee. The Committee specifically cited “egregious” instances of Conway criticizing Democratic Presidential candidates as a reason for the bogus charges.
Why It Matters: The Democrats continue to use their majority position to harass members of Trump’s staff and Cabinet. Later this week, the House will also vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt for not appearing before Congress to discuss the question of citizenship on the 2020 census.
Justice Departments of previous Republican and Democrat administrations have agreed that immunity from the Hatch Act for the President’s closest advisers is warranted.
The Democrats, realizing that this practice has never been tested in court, will not hesitate to use any measures necessary to get to try to get to the President.