The House Oversight Committee is considering subpoenaing Kellyanne Conway if she fails to show up for Wednesday’s panel hearing on her alleged Hatch Act violations, according to a memo distributed Friday.
A panel hearing is set for Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 10 a.m. to “examine the recommendation of the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC) that President Trump remove Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway from federal service,” the memo states.
Conway has until Monday afternoon – 5 p.m. ET, specifically – to respond. The memo states the committee will hold another “business meeting” to consider a subpoena if Conway fails to show up.
Earlier in June, the Office of the Special Counsel determined that Conway violated the Hatch Act and recommended her immediate removal from public service. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees – particularly those working in the executive branch – of using their position to engage in what could be perceived as political campaign activities. The OSC labeled Conway a “repeat offender” in the report.
In November 2017, Conway described then-Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones (D) as “weak on crime” and “terrible for property owners” during an appearance on Fox and Friends.
Critics say she violated the Hatch Act again after weighing in on Joe Biden’s record on immigration and other issues.
“I’m going to talk about people’s records because I have the right to,” Conway said, according to the Hill. “I’m not concerned about Joe Biden.”
However, Castro believes their situations are different and that Conway should be removed regardless. Unlike Conway, Castro admitted the error of his ways and made immediate changes, he claimed.
“Instead of saying, ‘Look, I’m going to take these efforts to make sure that doesn’t happen again,’ she said, ‘To hell with that, I’m going to keep doing it.’ They said she had repeatedly done that. That’s the difference,” Castro explained during a June 13 town hall with Fox News.
“She did the wrong thing,” Castro added. “And I support the Office of Special Counsel’s determination that because she repeatedly violated it even though she was told it was a violation, she should be removed from office.”
Trump has said he has no plans to fire Conway.
“No, I’m not going to fire her, I think she’s a tremendous person, tremendous spokesperson, she’s loyal, she’s a great person,” Trump said in a June 14 interview with Fox and Friends.