House panel postpones vote to hold Kellyanne Conway in contempt

House panel postpones vote to hold Kellyanne Conway in contempt

Counselor to the President of the United States, Kellyanne Conway, speaking to reporters in the north driveway of the White House, June 12, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, speaks to reporters in the north driveway of the White House on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – The House Oversight and Reform Committee has postponed a scheduled Thursday vote on a resolution to hold White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway in contempt, Chairman Elijah Cummings said.

“I am postponing the Committee’s vote as I work with the White House to try to reach an accommodation,” Cummings (D-Md.) said in a statement. “Ms. Conway violated the law numerous times and must be held accountable.”

The resolution was crafted because of Conway’s refusal to comply with a subpoena for testimony about her possible violations of the Hatch Act.

The White House has claimed absolute immunity to allow Conway to refuse testimony.

The White House has denied that Conway violated the Hatch Act and has also questioned whether the law applies to her position.

The Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees, with the exception of the President, Vice President and a few others, of engaging in certain political activities while acting in their official capacity. The law was enacted in 1939. It is officially titled: “An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities.”

On June 13, the Office of Special Counsel wrote President Donald Trump to inform him that Conway has “repeatedly violated the Hatch Act during her official media appearances by making statements” that disparaged Democratic presidential candidates and appear to have been aimed at benefiting the Trump re-election campaign. A report was submitted along with the letter. It explained the independent counsel’s findings and recommended that Conway immediately be fired.

Trump has said he has no intention of firing Conway.

The Washington Post first reported the postponement on Wednesday evening.

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