The White House denounced the Office of the Special Counsel's (OSC) recommendation to fire Kellyanne Conway, saying the Thursday comments violated the constitutional rights of the former campaign manager, according to Reuters.
The OSC recommended that Conway be fired for violating the Hatch Act, a law that prohibits some government officials from making political comments. The advisor did so on “numerous occasions by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and social media,” according to the official OCS statement.
White House officials immediately rejected the recommendation. Deputy press secretary Steven Groves said OSC’s action violated Conway’s constitutional rights to free speech and due process and was prompted by liberal media, according to an update by the British News Agency.
Conway criticized former Vice President Joe Biden during several conversations with reporters at the White House. She also attacked Senator Bernie Sanders, and Representative Seth Moulton in recent interviews.
The OSC flagged the political consultant’s behavior last year after she expressed her support for a Republican candidate in an Alabama Senate election.
Conway was Trump’s campaign manager in 2016 and is known as one of his most loyal aides. She is married to Republican attorney George Conway, who has called for Trump’s impeachment and questioned the president's mental health.