The former director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) says he has filed a complaint with a federal watchdog over White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Walter Shaub notes Conway may have broken a law that prohibits federal employees from using their roles for political purposes after she remarked on Alabama’s current Senate race.
“I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations,” he tweeted Wednesday.
Shaub then mentioned that Conway was “standing in front of the White House” during an interview last Monday where she criticized Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones.
“I found the video,” he wrote. “She’s standing in front of the White House. It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate.”
“This is at least as clear a violation of 5 U.S.C. & 7323(a)(1) as OSC identified with regard to Castro,” Shaub added, referencing a similar complaint last year against former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro.
I found the video. She’s standing In front of the White House. It seems pretty clear she was appearing in her official capacity when she advocated against a candidate. This is at least as clear a violation of 5 U.S.C. § 7323(a)(1) as OSC identified with regard to Castro. pic.twitter.com/EwTwPriaVX— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) November 21, 2017
Shaub was referencing Conway’s remarks about Jones during her appearance on Fox News’s Fox & Friends.
“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled,” she said. “He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders.”
“[Jones] is strong on raising your taxes,” Conway continued. “He is terrible for property owners.”
Conway was then questioned if she was telling people in Alabama to vote for Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate for their state.
“I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through,” she said before describing Jones as a “doctrinaire liberal.”
Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, with some alleging he made inappropriate advances on them when they were teenagers.
The Hatch Act “prohibits federal employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the outcome of an election.”
The law allows federal officials to make partisan remarks in their personal capacity, but they cannot “when using an official title or when speaking about agency business.”