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Monday, March 25, 2019

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Government employees, who draw their paychecks from taxpayer dollars, are barred from endorsing candidates, or using their paid positions to try to influence elections. That law is outlined in the Hatch Act.

And when Kellyanne Conway went on Fox News last week to blast Alabama Democrat Doug Jones, who’s squaring off against accused child molester Roy Moore, Conway certainly appeared to violate the Hatch Act.

And now she’s officially under investigation by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. (That’s not to be confused with special counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling Russia investigation.)

This all stems from Conway’s “Fox & Friends” appearance on Nov. 20 where, as usual, she served as a paid White House advocate. But she soon launched into an attack on Jones.

“And Doug Jones in Alabama?” she said. “Folks, don’t be fooled. He’ll be a vote against tax cuts. He’s weak on crime, weak on borders. He’s strong on raising your taxes. He’s terrible for property owners.”

Asked whether that meant she was calling on people to vote for Moore, she replied, “I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through.”

Politically, Conway’s appearance and comments were significant because they were the first from the administration to signal that it was going to support Moore’s tainted candidacy. And specifically, her comments signaled the White House was going to stress that Moore’s victory was crucial to advancing Trump’s agenda, regardless of the heinous allegations being leveled against him.

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, immediately pounced on Conway’s flagrant Hatch Act violation. And he wasn’t alone. Richard Painter, former White House lawyer to George W. Bush, called Conway’s endorsement of Moore from the White House a “firing offense.”

The White House has comically suggested that Conway’s comments disparaging Jones while she stood in front of the White House representing the Trump administration did not amount a political position on her part.

“Ms. Conway did not advocate for or against the election of a candidate, and specifically declined to encourage Alabamans to vote a certain way,” Raj Shah, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement.

Notes Shaub, “Only in a world of alternative facts could Conway’s televised words amount to anything other than advocacy against Jones.”

 

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26 responses to “Kellyanne Conway Officially Under Investigation For Endorsing Alleged Pedophile”

  1. PrecipitousDrop says:

    At any other time in US history — in any prior administration — this would be a disastrous scandal. But today, in the Trump administration, this is business-as-usual. Kellyanne Conway did a fine job in their assessment. She has been given one of Jared Kushner’s old jobs. She’s now in charge of officially ignoring the Opioid Crisis.

    • dpaano says:

      And, if a Democrat had done this…..the doodoo would have hit the rotating blade a LONG time ago!!! They would have been run out of Washington, D.C. on a log!

  2. bojimbo26 says:

    Looks like she is praying . ” God will tell me what to do ” .

    Kellyanne , try acting like the 50 year old that you are , and NOT as a 30 year old .

  3. Mama Bear says:

    blah blah blah…..Trump’s insanity has become normal and in way too many people’s minds this behaviour is OK….and soon it will become very legal. Remember that it used to be illegal for a preacher or priest to preach politics from the pulpit. It’s become normal and about to become legal too. Who is going to stop this?

    • dpaano says:

      I left my church of 10 years because of the pastor’s passion for the Republicans….there’s NO reason why a leader of a church has to promote a specific political party….that’s NOT why they are supposed to be standing up there at the pulpit! Doesn’t it say in the Constitution something about keeping politics and religion totally separate? Isn’t that what our forefathers were after?

      • Mama Bear says:

        You are absolutely correct, d. Here is the info you are referring to:

        The Johnson Amendment is a provision in the U.S. tax code, since 1954, that prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. Section 501(c)(3) organizations are the most common type of nonprofit organization in the United States, ranging from charitable foundations to universities and churches. The amendment is named for then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, who introduced it in a preliminary draft of the law in July 1954.

        In the 2000s, many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have sought to repeal the provision, arguing that it restricts the free speech rights of churches and other religious groups. These efforts have been criticized because churches have fewer reporting requirements than other non-profit organizations, and because it would effectively make political contributions tax-deductible. On May 4, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order “to defend the freedom of religion and speech” for the purpose of easing the Johnson Amendment’s restriction

      • idamag says:

        Our Founding Fathers were adamant about the separation of church and state. Even the Bible promotes a separation of church and state. Jesus said “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s.

        • dpaano says:

          Of course it says that; however, I don’t think the evangelical Christians read past the Old Testament, and if they do, they interpret it the way THEY want to interpret it and to heck with Jesus’ interpretation!

  4. dpaano says:

    Unfortunately, anyone who works for the shitgibbon has questionable ethics, including, Huckabee Sanders, Kelly, Graham, and I could go on and on! Their main job is to try to validate all the lies that the idiot in office puts forth….even when they are blatantly untrue! This has to stop because it’s making us a laughing stock of the world and is embarrassing to ALL of us! If the shitgibbon’s voters don’t seem to realize that his tirades are making this country look ridiculous….they need to have their heads examined!

    • Mama Bear says:

      As I have recently become educated on – it is the Republican’s end game to put an end to democracy and establish once and for all a plutocracy.

      • TZToronto says:

        I’m not so sure that that is their only end game. The people who vote for them have the very mistaken impression that the United States of America can survive nicely on this planet as a sole entity. That is, they believe that anything that happens outside the borders of the United States is essentially meaningless to them. They believe that furriners [sic] have no value or influence on what happens in the United States, that the ideas of furriners are worthless and self-serving, and that any instance of cooperation with furrin governments goes against the interests of the United States and, by extension, themselves. They would love to see all furrin aid canceled, all trade agreements ripped up, all alliances ended, and all jobs returned to the Good Ol’ USA where they belong. They decry the way wealthy Americans stash their money in offshore tax havens, but . . . meh. They’re wealthy people, and they do those things.They don’t like single-payer health care because that’s what furriners do. In short, total isolation of the United States from the rest of the world is what most Trump supporters want. (Their representatives in Congress know better, but they promote Trump’s isolationist agenda because they know there are votes there.) Approximately two-thirds of Americans have never been outside the borders of the USA; many see no reason to go.

        • Mama Bear says:

          great points TZ. Adolf Hitler was an isolationist too.

        • dpaano says:

          Apparently, they don’t realize that much of the goods that we buy come from China and other ferrin countries (as you call them). I wonder what they would do without much of what we buy from across the ocean! And, they also don’t seem to realize that much of what WE manufacture goes overseas also. IF we only made things to keep here in the U.S., jobs would drop like flies because there would be a large lack of consumers for the products made here. Makes absolutely NO sense to become isolationists!

      • The lucky one says:

        Agreed but I see few on the Dom side standing in their way.

  5. johninPCFL says:

    Meh. The Orange Morangutan will pay her $100 fine.

  6. Richard Prescott says:

    So I guess Raj Shah is Conway’s padiwan. Of course facts never enter into anything dealing with the Dumbo in the room or his staff. With Flynn pleading guilty as charged there has to be some serious shaking going on in the WH beside the elephant stomping all over.
    And I read that they are complaining of mice and cockroaches invading the West Wing, even after their “remodeling”. Well like begets like, vermin know other vermin and will congregate for the spoils.

  7. idamag says:

    Just reinforces that the GOP is a party of the mob. Laws mean nothing. The United States means nothing.

    • PrecipitousDrop says:

      “…GOP is a party of the mob. Laws mean nothing.
      Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s guilty plea today offers a ray of hope that the current leader of GOP will finally experience the business end of a judge’s gavel, not just the knock-knock-come-to-order.
      Here’s to the fervent hope that Flynn flips them all — Trump, Pence, Bannon, Kushner, Priebus, Spicer, Conway, both Mercers, and everybody else who backed these miscreants.

  8. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    When Conway stood on the lawn of the White House promoting Roy Moore, she violated the Hatch Act. No government employee may use their position in government to promote any politician of any party. That’s why you never saw any prior members of the GHWB, GWB, Clinton or Obama cabinets EVER use the White House or their White House titles to promote any member of a political party.

    But ole Contwat thinks she can do and say whatever she pleases because “Mr. Trump” gives her that right. Mr. Trump is not the U.S. law. He’ll be lucky to no be deported to Moscow.

    The reality is that what the Corn Pone and Mutton Chops GOP want is for middle aged men to be allowed to molest teenage girls and get away with it.

    How many of you would allow a 30 year old man to sidle up to your teen daughters? You bet you wouldn’t. And for the same reason that what Moore did cannot be denied is pedophilia. Lusting after teen girls like they are raw meat.

    Conway’s law license should have been yanked by the ABA. She should be disbarred. The ABA has disbarred lawyers like Contwat for lesser reasons.

    It is time to hold the ABA’s feet to the fire. If they are going to license lawbreakers like Contwat, they should be fined for that.

  9. FireBaron says:

    I believe the appropriate phrase at this point should be “Lock her up!”

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