The White House reportedly intends to block Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena This week: Congress set for clash on Trump’s border request House Oversight Committee to vote on authorizing subpoena for Kellyanne Conway MORE from testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee later this week about alleged Hatch Act violations.
A senior Democratic committee aide told The Hill that neither Conway nor the White House counsel’s office has responded to either accept or decline the invitation to testify.
The White House has staked out an uncompromising position thus far in stonewalling Democratic requests for testimony and documentation as part of ongoing investigations into the administration.
Conway was invited to appear before the panel on Wednesday alongside a representative from the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The federal watchdog issued a report to President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says ‘stubborn child’ Fed ‘blew it’ by not cutting rates MORE earlier this month recommending that Conway be fired for repeated violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal officials from weighing in on elections in their official capacity.
The report cited Conway’s comments critical of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and her lax attitude about past citations. She was previously found to be in violation of the Hatch Act for her remarks about the 2017 special U.S. Senate election in Alabama.
Conway and the White House have been defiant about the OSC’s findings, accusing the watchdog of attempting to squelch her First Amendment rights and questioning whether she even violated the law.
Trump has said he has no plans to fire Conway despite the OSC’s recommendation.
In an interview earlier Monday, Conway simultaneously insisted she had not violated the law, that the law did not apply to assistants to the president and that Democrats were attempting to silence her. She did not say in the interview whether she planned to testify.
“We think I’d be the first member of the West Wing to ever be hauled in front of Congress to talk about the Hatch Act,” Conway said of the potential testimony.
Henry Kerner, a lawyer with OSC, is expected to say in his prepared testimony that he has no personal animus toward Conway, but that her cited remarks are no different than “partisan attacks that a campaign official would make.”
—Updated at 6:26 p.m.