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Kellyanne Conway ‘is not above the law’: House Oversight Chair warns Trump advisor she will ‘be held in contempt’

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway could be held in contempt of Congress after announcing she would refuse to cooperate with the congressional committee investigating her violations of the law that prevents federal resources from being used for partisan politics.

On Monday, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings, saying Conway would “respectfully decline” the invitation to testify before Congress on her violations of the Hatch Act.

CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju spoke with Cummings about what comes next.

“Elijah Cummings told me they will subpoena Kellyanne Conway if she doesn’t show up Wednesday for his hearing on the Hatch Act – and ‘of course’ she’ll be held in contempt if she doesn’t comply with subpoena,” Raju explained.

“We cannot have people disobeying the law. The president is not above the law and nor is Ms. Conway above the law,” Cummings said. “And there are many many federal employees who are obedient with regard to the Hatch Act.”

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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