Richard Painter was the ethics lawyer in George W. Bush’s White House. He has also been a huge critic of Donald Trump and a #NeverTrump enthusiast. Now, he is on television warning the nation that White House Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, broke the law on national television.
Kellyane Conway went after former Vice President Joe Biden on television. Biden just entered the race to win the Democratic nomination to become the next President of the United States. Painter said she violated the Hatch Act. He explained:
“Oh we must be worried about Biden. Look at what Kellyanne said today, so thanks for the free commercial on all the things Joe Biden didn’t get done for the eight years he was vice president.”
Painter went on to say that Conway’s television appearance was “obviously attacking Joe Biden,” and, “this is a slam dunk Hatch Act violation.” Painter went on to say:
“The presumptive punishment is firing. They should have fired her the first time. If President Trump will not remove White House officials who are clearly violating the law, he’s not doing his job and this would be yet another grounds for Congress considering impeaching and removing the president.”
Painter’s “first time” comment comes as a result of Conway speaking against then-Senate candidate Doug Jones of Alabama, who ran and won against Roy Moore. Painter tweeted his thoughts on the matter, complete with news reports:
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) May 2, 2019
Kellyanne Conway has been on television defending the president many times. As a White House official, that is her job. However, if she is violating the law, Congress and others with oversight powers may see the need to investigate and correct that. In the meantime, the Hatch Act stands, and Richard Painter will no doubt continue speaking out.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.