Conway reportedly said if they were trying to silence her with the Hatch Act, "it's not going to work". "Based on what I saw yesterday, how could you do that?" He also said Conway was merely answering questions from the press when she criticized Democrats. "They have tried to take away her speech and I think you're entitled to free speech in this country". "A person wouldn't be able to express themselves and I just don't see it".
The OSC - which is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's office - informed Trump on Thursday that Conway has been a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity on TV and social media.
Trump noted that he will be getting a briefing on the findings.More news: Cuba Gooding Jr ‘will turn himself in over sex assault allegation’
Special Counsel Henry Kerner said Thursday on Fox News that the president "has any option he'd like - to reprimand or not to reprimand". Still, he was deferential to Trump, making clear the decision on whether to remove Conway is his alone. "It doesn't sound fair", the Republican president said.
"I write to submit an initial response to the draft Office of Special Counsel report concerning Assistant to the President and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.", the letter reads. He said this was "not some sort of a drop-it-on-them situation".
"I am a Trump appointee-I have no animus toward Kellyanne whatsoever", he added.More news: Mac Miller Joins Free Nationals and Kali Uchis on ‘Time’
Kerner, though, said not offering recommendations for disciplinary action was "a bad signal to federal workers".
White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway looks toward U.S. President Donald Trump during a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2019.
As a reminder, Conway is the only woman in US history to manage and win a presidential campaign.More news: Wizards preparing massive offer for Masai Ujiri