The House Oversight Committee has voted to issue a subpoena to force White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to appear before the panel as it looks into allegations that she repeatedly violated a federal law that limits political activity by government workers.
Conway did not show up at a hearing Wednesday, after the White House said Monday it would not allow her to appear. The Democratic-led panel voted 25-16 to issue a subpoena.
Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s chairman, said Conway’s actions were a clear-cut violation of the law and President Donald Trump should fire her.
Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) was the lone Republican to side with Democrats to authorize the subpoena.
Federal law prohibits executive branch employees from using their official authority or influence to affect the result of an election.
The White House and Conway have rejected the office’s findings. The White House counsel argued the report violated Conway’s free speech rights, while Conway has suggested the law may not apply to her.
Trump has said he has no plans to remove Conway.
Wednesday’s subpoena vote was preceded by an intense back-and-forth between Cummings and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). The latter two, who are fierce defenders of the president, argued the OSC’s report was personally and politically motivated, according to The Hill.
Jordan, the committee’s ranking member, called the report “unprecedented” and “unfair,” while Meadows asserted Conway had not even violated the law.
Tomorrow’s hearing on the “Hatch Act” is just the latest attempt to silence the Trump administration.@KellyannePolls is as tough as nails, and it’s shameful that she’s being dragged into the Democrats’ impeachment circus.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 25, 2019
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