US President Donald Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway refused to comply with a congressional subpoena, reported the East Bay Times Monday.
Conway was accused of violating the Hatch Act and issued a subpoena by the House Oversight Committee to appear at a hearing before on Monday. White House Adviser defied the subpoena and failed to appear, now the Democrats are threatening to hold her in Contempt of Congress.
According to the report, Conway was directed not to comply with the subpoena by a top White House lawyer, who claimed that current and former Administration officials were “absolutely immune” from “compelled congressional testimony with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the President.”
The White House issued a statement Monday saying that the subpoena to Conway was a part of “political campaign to harass” President Trump.
“Today, Chairman Cummings and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee continued their purely political campaign to harass the President and his close advisors. Democrats continue to overreach and politicize the Office of Special Counsel – this time, by trying to silence Kellyanne Conway with ill-founded, phony allegations about the Hatch Act. The Committee clearly knows that under long-standing, bipartisan precedent founded in the Constitution, a President’s senior advisers cannot be compelled to appear before Congress. Immunity has been asserted for Ms. Conway, which the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel and White House Counsel strongly reaffirmed. This constitutional protection ensures that future Presidents of the United States can effectively execute their responsibilities of the Office.”
Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated Monday that Conway was required to appear at the hearing.
“We are not requiring her to testify about advice she gave the President or about the White House’s policy decisions,” he said. “We are requiring her to testify before Congress about her multiple violations of federal law, her waste of taxpayer funds, and her actions that compromise public confidence in the integrity of the federal government.”
Last month Conway did not comply with a similar subpoena voluntarily. House Oversight Committee will reportedly assemble a meeting on July 25 to vote whether to hold Conway in contempt of Congress. Experts have recommended to fire Conway for committing at least 10 separate Hatch Act violations.
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