Courthouse News Service: Watchdog Calls for Kellyanne Conway Sanctions Over Alleged Ethics Lapse


The Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint Thursday against senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway urging the Office of Special Counsel to suspend or remove her from her post as counselor to President Trump for alleged ethics violations.

The nonpartisan watchdog claims that during a Dec. 6 interview on CNN, Conway violated the Hatch Act by urging Alabama voters to defeat Democrat Doug Jones in a special election to fill the Senate seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

According to the complaint, Conway was introduced in her official capacity, and spent several minutes speaking about tax reform and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

During the interview, which was done in front of the White House, Conway also urged voters to vote for Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women.

It is the second complaint the Campaign Legal Center has filed in recent weeks.


Campaign Legal Center spokesperson Corey Goldstone said the organization has worked to uphold laws and norms that have guided both Republican and Democratic administrations for dozens of years.

He said it’s rare for the organization to call for the dismissal or unpaid suspension of a government employee, but that the group decided to take action because Conway has faced allegations of ethics violations in the past.

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