U.S. Office of Special Counsel Opens Kellyanne Conway Investigation

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The investigation concerns comments Conway made during a Fox News interview, when she disparaged Democrat Doug Jones.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into comments made by White House counselor Kellyanne Conway during a Fox News interview concerning disparaging remarks toward Doug Jones, Roy Moore's Democratic challenger in Alabama's special election.

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel last week alleging that Conway violated the Hatch Act, a decades-old law prohibiting federal employees from using their offices to campaign for or against political candidates.

As is customary, Ana Galindo-Marrone, the chief of the Office of Special Counsel's Hatch Act Unit, opened an investigation into the matter.

"We have received your Hatch Act complaint and will open a case file to address this matter," she wrote.

The White House defended Conway's remarks:

"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. "She was speaking about issues and her support for the President’s agenda. This election is for the people of Alabama to decide.”

The problematic comments came when Conway answered a question as to whether or not people should vote for Roy Moore in the upcoming election.

I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through,” she said. "I just want everybody to know Doug Jones, nobody ever says his name and they pretend that he’s some kind of conservative Democrat in Alabama and he’s not.”