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Leaked testimony documents Kellyanne Conway’s ‘complete disregard’ for the law

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Newly leaked testimony from the chief of the White House’s Office of Special Counsel will justify calls for ousting White House counselor Kellyanne Conway by documenting her “complete disregard” for the law.

The Daily Beast reports that Henry Kerner, whom President Donald Trump appointed to lead the Office of Special Counsel, has submitted testimony to Congress in which he accuses Conway of going out of her way to knowingly flout the Hatch Act, which bars most executive branch employees from engaging in political activity.

“Her conduct hurts both federal employees, who may believe that senior officials can act with complete disregard for the Hatch Act, and the American people, who may question the nonpartisan operation of their government,” Kerner’s testimony states. “Ms. Conway’s conduct reflects not a misunderstanding of the law, but rather a disregard for it.”

Kerner’s office earlier this month called on the president to fire Conway because she has repeatedly engaged in attacks on Democratic presidential candidates, which the office says is a blatant violation of the Hatch Act.

Conway appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Monday to claim that the office’s recommendations were part of a conspiracy to silence her ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

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“You know what they’re mad about?” she asked rhetorically. “They want to put a big roll of masking tape over my mouth!”

Read more about Kerner’s leaked testimony at this link.

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New Hampshire GOP lawmaker: Owning slaves doesn’t make you a racist

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A New Hampshire state lawmaker came under fire this week after he argued that owning black people as slaves does not make someone racist.

USA Today reports that Republican state Rep. Werner Horn recently responded to a Facebook post from a former state House member named Dan Hynes, who argued that President Donald Trump couldn't possibly be the most racist president ever because he never owned slaves.

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Trump catapulted a baseless smear about Omar’s marriage from the online fringes into the political mainstream

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President Donald Trump pushed a baseless smear against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that originated in the online fringes -- as he incited a North Carolina rally crowd to launch a racist chant.

The president told his supporters in Greenville that he'd heard Omar had married her brother, an evidence-free claim that was first posted online in August 2016 as her political career began to take off but has since gained traction in conservative media, reported The Daily Beast.

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CNN host forced to explain to Republican Rick Santorum why Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmakers was racist

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During an appearance on CNN's "New Day" -- along with fellow Republican Charlie Dent (PA) -- ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) received a lecture from host John Berman on why Donald Trump's tweets and attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were racist.

While Dent revealed that down-ticket Republicans running for re-election in 2020 are "terrified" that Trump's descent into overt racism as a campaign strategy may kill their chances of holding their seats, Santorum said he was disgusted with the whole spectacle while saying he didn't see the attacks as racist.

Asked about the president's attacks, Santorum tried to brush them away and blame the recipients of Trump's ire.

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