The Trump-designated ethics official calling for Kellyanne Conway's firing last week aims to defend this decision in Congress's testimony Wednesday.
Henry Kerner, head of the White Huss Specialist, has testified to the House of Commons and Supervisory Committee, criticizing Conway for allegedly breaking the law by politicizing his speech as White House Counselor.
"Her behavior hurts in both federal workers who may believe that senior officials can act with complete disregard for the Hatch Act and the American people who may question the non-partisan operation of their government" reads Kernens testimony as obtained by The Daily Animals.
"Ms. Conway's behavior does not reflect a misunderstanding of the law, but rather a disregard of it, "the testimony says. Recently, the committee also invited Conway and plans to judge her if she does not appear, by Politico.
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"The latest report was the result of a month-long study involving significant communication with the White House, "Kerner wrote in his testimony. "The OSC repeatedly offered Mrs. Conway the opportunity to comply with the law. She refused to do so. In fact, the frequency of her violations of hatchet only increased."
Conway defended himself from the allegations on Monday Tomorrow at Fox and Friends and said the criticism was part of an attempt to chill free speech and limit her first change rights. White House spokesman Steve Groves also defended her after the report came out and said the Hatch Act rules were "unclear and unevenly applied" and violated "her constitutional rights to free speech and fair trial."
And White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, in a detailed letter to Kerner sent June 11, also defended Conway and said that Kerner's office "abused his discretion by issuing a report that was the inconvenience of inappropriate external influences", and that his call for her removal was "as scandalous as it is unprecedented."
According to the testimony he submitted to the committee, Kerner sent his report to the White House on May 29 and then gave Conway extensions within his deadline to answer.
"But after two weeks had passed, it became clear that Mrs Conway had no plans to answer," the testimony says. "We therefore referred the report to the President on June 13 on the basis of Mrs Conway's fair, repeated and very public offenses to the law."
"I have no personal animus against Mrs Conway," Kerner continues. "My actions and decisions related to OSC's reports were motivated solely by my duty to monitor the enforcement of the offense and counteract the obvious damages caused by Mrs Conway's violations. Such damages include the false message of her conduct sent to other federal employees that they do not have to comply with the Hatch Act or that senior officials are above the law. "
A White House spokesman did not respond promptly to a request for comment.