White House deputy press secretary Steven Groves dismissed the OSC's reasoning as "deeply flawed" and a violation of Conway's "constitutional rights to free speech and due process."
A sampling of today's social media response, from pundits, politicos and a couple celebs:
Conway's violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act's restrictions. The OSC's letter continues: "Ms. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law."
She pointed to the door and said 'can you leave, please?' Later, I asked her again, and she said: 'I have no reaction. Why would I give you a reaction?'" "I asked for her reaction to this. "I was just standing in an office in the WH press office when Kellyanne Conway came in," Javers tweeted today.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is, apparently, in no mood to discuss her alleged violations of the Hatch Act. MSNBC White House reporter Eamon Javers added this terrific little insider's tidbit to the latest Conway controversy.
News broke this morning that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel – an independent government agency unrelated to the Mueller investigation – is recommending that Conway be removed from her job for repeated violations of the Hatch Act. (The Hatch Act bars federal workers from engaging in partisan politics.)
According to the OSC, Conway has repeatedly disparaged Democratic presidential candidates "while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media."
Last month, when asked about the Hatch Act by White House reporters, Conway responded, "Blah, blah, blah. Given that the president has the final say over Conway's employment fate, her indignant non-response to MSNBC's Javers is unsurprising. If you’re trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it’s not going to work. Let me know when the jail sentence starts."
Reilly / Holmes & Watson John C.
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway also got swiped in this year's final voting. Star Will Ferrell apparently was snubbed by Trump, who took Worst Actor for playing himself in archival footage of documentaries Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.
Etan Cohen / Holmes & Watson
WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
and even President Donald Trump among those getting dinged by the group. The 39th annual Razzie Awards hat-tipping the year's not-so-great in movies are in, with Sony's Sherlock Holmes parody Holmes & Watson, Melissa McCarthy's turns in two movies not her Oscar-nominated one in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Holmes & Watson
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Here's the full list of recipients:
WORST SCREEN COMBO
Donald J, Trump & His Self-Perpetuating Pettiness, Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
Holmes & Watson
Kellyanne Conway (As Herself) Fahrenheit 11/9
RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD
The Razzies did note McCarthy's Oscar-nominated performance in Fox Searchlight's Can You Ever Forgive Me? with the Razzie Redeemer Award.
Reilly. Holmes & Watson, which bowed in December, was especially razzed, named the year's Worst Picture, Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, Worst Director for Etan Cohen and Worst Supporting Actor for John C.
Melissa McCarthy / Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Donald J. Trump (As Himself) Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
Fifty Shades Freed, Written by Niall Leonard, from the Novel by E.L. James” />
Mirroring a they're-coming-to-kill-us-from-the-south re-election campaign ad Trump's re-election campaign had been running on news networks Tuesday, Trump's new fundraising email warned, of the southern border, “drugs are poisoning our loved ones, MS-13 gang members are threatening our safety, illegal criminals are flooding our nation.”
Trump is scheduled to give his 8 minute-ish speech at 9 PM EST.
Trump shut down the government on December 22, 2018, because Dems would not cough up $5.6B for his border wall. history. It is, as of Tuesday, the second longest government shutdown in U.S.
But, his re-election campaign is fundraising off the address, in which he will discuss the border "crisis" and his government shutdown.
Conway declined to comment, explaining she had not seen it "and here at the White House I'm not meant to be political."” /> White House counselor Kellyanne Conway got asked about the fundraising letter Tuesday, while appearing on Harris Faulkner's Fox News Channel program.
That's a joint fundraising committee for the Trump campaign and the RNC. Trump, in an email sent to his base Tuesday afternoon asked for donations to his "Official Secure the Border Fund" through the Trump Make America Great Again Committee.
“I wouldn’t be speaking to you tonight if this wasn’t one of the most critical times in the history of our country. I need you to step up,” the fundraising email says.
President Donald Trump will not declare a state of emergency in order to get border wall money from the Department of Defense, his whisperers began telling cable news networks a few hours before his first national primetime address from the Oval Office.
“We need to raise $500,000 in ONE DAY," the email reads. "I want to know who stood with me when it mattered most so I’ve asked my team to send me a list of EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT who donates to the Official Secure the Border Fund,” stated the Trump-signed memo. “Please make a special contribution of $5 by 9 PM EST."
The Senate Minority Leader and House Speaker are set to respond to Trump's address after it wraps. “I want to make one thing clear to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi: your safety is not a political game or a negotiation tactic!” Trump said in his campaign's fundraising email.
“Let’s f–king kill him! Let’s kill the f–king lot of them.” While the in-fighting and anxiety about Mueller have been covered elsewhere, Woodward also raises other issues about Trump's foreign-affairs dealings. Let’s go in. After a chemical weapons attack in Syria, Woodward reports, Trump said he wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Despite the anonymity of some sources, Post political writer Aaron Blake said the account should not be automatically dismissed.
These are also anonymously sourced anecdotes," Blake wrote. "But the book also paints a portrait that is likely to be filled out by others in the days, weeks, months and years ahead." "Some people will still doubt the claims in the book, because 35 to 40 percent of the country is predisposed toward doing that and has been for the better part of three years.
The White House hit back promptly, delivering a set of statements deriding the book as "fabricated stories."
"Mr. Among its allegations, the book says Trump did a mock-interview with his then-lawyer John Dowd, as preparation for testifying for Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. "You are not a good witness," Dowd told Trump the day before resigning, according to Woodward. President, I’m afraid I just can’t help you.” During that session, he contradicted himself and lied.
"He’s this dumb Southerner. “This guy is mentally retarded," Woodward says Trump raged. … He couldn’t even be a one-person country lawyer down in Alabama.” In the book, Trump also flames Attorney General Jeff Sessions in more coarse terms than he ever has on Twitter.
Many interviews were conducted on “deep background,” meaning the information is used without an explanation of who provided it. Woodward says it is based on hundreds of hours of interviews with White House figures and witnesses. He also drew from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents. The book, Fear: Trump in the White House, will officially be published on September 11 by Simon & Schuster.
Here is the audio of Woodward's conversation with Trump:
The damning catalog appears to paint a far worse picture than that in Michael Woolf's mega-selling Fire and Fury. In a scorching tease of Bob Woodward's forthcoming book about President Donald Trump, which lands next week, the Washington Post has published a sampling of its charges. UPDATE with White House response.
"Why didn't you tell me about him?" Trump asks. On the call, Trump claims that he never received a formal interview request from Woodward, but the journalist said he asked six separate people for access over a period of months, to no effect. "I put in the request," she says. "What can I tell you?" White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, one of the people he approached, is in the room when Trump and Woodward are speaking. "I would have gladly talked to him." Conway breezily asserts she followed protocol. "It's OK, I'll just end up with another bad book," Trump shrugs. Included in the Post's wave of reporting about the book was an audio recording of Woodward speaking with Trump after completing the manuscript.
Also, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis once told associates that Trump “acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader,’ ” in the paraphrased account of Woodward.
“He’s an idiot," Kelly said. He’s gone off the rails. Kelly during a small meeting on the subject of Trump. "It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” (In a statement delivered with the general White House rebuke of the book, Kelly said the claim he called the president the i-word is "total BS.") Echoing the central theme of Wolff's book, Woodward quotes Chief of Staff John F. We’re in Crazytown.