The Trump team just gave a shameful response to Kellyanne Conway’s federal law violations

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Earlier today, the Office of the Special Counsel, a watchdog organization for the government, sent an official letter to the Trump administration informing the president that his close advisor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act.

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The Hatch Act prohibits most employees of the Executive Branch from engaging in political campaigning while in office. It’s intended to prevent federal employees from abusing the power and reputation of their positions for partisan purposes. Given the well-demonstrated penchant for disregarding the norms and democratic institutions upon which our republic rests, it’s perhaps not surprising that one of Trump’s close advisors would do something like this.

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The pathological liar behind the now-infamous “alternative facts” faux pas is accused of breaking federal law by appearing on television and throwing her support behind serial pedophile and now-failed Senate hopeful Roy Moore. Luckily, Conway’s attempts to get Moore elected were unsuccessful, and the sexual predator was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones.

ABC News shared the full letter from the Office of the Special Counsel, which requested Trump take “appropriate disciplinary action” against Conway.

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Now, MSNBC reports that the White House has officially responded to the violations. Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley released a shameful statement.

“Kellyanne Conway did not advocate for or against the election of any particular candidate. She simply expressed the president’s obvious position that he have people in the House and Senate, who support his agenda. In fact, Kellyanne’s statements actually show her intention and desire to comply with the Hatch Act — as she twice declined to respond to the host’s specific invitation to encourage Alabamans to vote for the Republican,” Gidley said.

While it’s hardly surprising that Trump and his team would stick up for Conway, it still must be condemned. This administration is shockingly lenient towards acts of corruption and sometimes outright criminality.

Had this occurred any other president, it would be a major scandal. Unfortunately, the American people have become so inured to their president’s wrongdoing, that incidents like this barely register as a blip on the radar. It is up to every patriotic American to denounce the administration for things like this, no matter how frequent such misdeeds become.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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