President Trump’s media consigliere and advisor Kellyanne Conway is no stranger to pushing the limits of the law when it comes to carrying water for the President. The woman behind the infamous phrase “alternative facts” has spent the entirety of the past few years pushing the limits on both reality and the law with her flagrant abuse of the Hatch Act, the law which prohibits government employees from using their positions to influence an election.
The latest offense occurred this week when Conway spoke to reporters from outside the White House and trashed the latest entrant into the 2020 election, Joe Biden.
“Oh we must be worried about Biden. Look at what Kellyanne said today, so thanks for the free commercial on all the things Joe Biden didn’t get done for the eight years he was vice president” snarked Kellyanne to media.
Richard Painter, the former White House ethics chief under George W. Bush, saw red at Conway’s words and immediately demanded that she be fired for once again violating federal law in such brazen fashion.
“She did it before, she got away with it when she trashed Doug Jones, and goes to the exact same spot trashing Joe Biden!” raged Painter in an interview with Newsweek, referring to the first time that she violated the Hatch Act during the contentious 2017 special election between Senator Doug Jones and the Trump-backed accused pedophile and psychotic racist Roy Moore.
The Special Counsel found her guilty of violating the law and referred her to the White House for disciplinary action, which of course was promptly ignored by a Trump team that apparently must go out of its way to keep itself from violating the law on a daily basis.
“The presumptive punishment is firing. They should have fired her the first time!” continued Painter to Newsweek. “If President Trump will not remove White House officials who are clearly violating the law, he’s not doing his job and this would be yet another grounds for Congress considering impeaching and removing the president.”
At this point, we’d have a harder time finding reasons not to impeach Trump!
Original reporting by Jessica Kwong at Newsweek.
Campaigning against @JoeBiden in an official interview? For @KellyannePolls this is her third Hatch Act violation.
Lawrence O’Donnell explained why he thinks Kellyanne Conway “is going to need a lawyer." https://t.co/WiW5QtwzdH # via @HuffPost
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) May 2, 2019