"She's got to have a right of responding to questions", Trump said Friday, adding that he also would not counsel Conway to tone down her comments.
Special Counsel Henry Kerner said Thursday on Fox News that the president "has any option he'd like - to reprimand or not to reprimand". "She's just a great person.
First, even assuming that the Hatch Act applies to the most senior advisers to the President in the White House, OSC has violated its statutory obligation to provide Ms. Conway a reason opportunity to respond, violated Ms. Conway's due process rights, and abused its discretion by issuing a Report tainted with inappropriate external influences". "Ms. Conway's disregard for the restrictions the Hatch Act places on executive branch employees is unacceptable". If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations would nearly certainly result in removal from her federal position by the Merit Systems Protection Board. It really sounds to me like a free speech thing. "Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system - the rule of law", the letter said. "Never has (the office) had to issue multiple reports to the President concerning Hatch Act violations by the same individual".
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said his committee will hold a hearing with the Office of Special Counsel on June 26 and will invite Conway to testify.
"We respect his decision and, of course, the president has any option he'd like-to reprimand or not to reprimand", Kerner said. As a result, the current Report would serve only to undermine public confidence in OSC and its procedures.
"You ask them a question, you ask a person a question, and every time you are supposed to say I can't answer, I can't answer? OSC's patently unreasonable demand for an overnight response, standing alone, shows that the Report was the product of a fatally flawed process".