Politco: Legal complaint filed over Conway's comments on Moore race

Josh Gerstein
Nov 22, 2017
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A prominent government ethics expert has filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, alleging that she violated federal law Monday by appearing to oppose Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's Democratic opponent.

Walter Shaub, who resigned in July as the head of the Office of Government Ethics, said on Twitter on Wednesday that he lodged a complaint claiming that the top aide to President Donald Trump ran afoul of the Hatch Act when she discouraged Alabamans from voting for the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

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Shaub, now a senior director for ethics with the Campaign Legal Center, compared the situation to an Obama administration incident last year in which Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro spoke during a Yahoo News interview about Hillary Clinton's chances of winning and his own chances of being named as her running mate. The Office of Special Counsel concluded that Castro had violated the Hatch Act because the interview was arranged through official channels and devoted to policy topics, and because he appeared to be speaking in his official capacity.

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