Debra Katz Quoted on the Hatch Act, Kellyanne Conway

Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in a WAMU article about the U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s recommendation that presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway be fired for her repeated violations of the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act explicitly forbids executive branch employees from partisan activities while in their official positions.

The Office of Special Counsel – an independent federal ethics agency – cited multiple times that Conway criticized Democratic presidential candidates during Alabama’s Senate race in 2018.

Despite efforts from the White House to impugn the Counsel’s findings, Ms. Katz explains that the Hatch Act is “not a law with great nuance.”

“This is not a hard act to adhere to,” she stated.

Despite objections to Conway’s rhetoric and conduct from various ethics watchdogs, Conway’s future is in the hands of President Trump, who seems unlikely to fire his longtime aide.

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