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Boy, it's gonna be awkward at the Conway house tonight. Like, even more than usual when one partner makes her living barfing insane nonsense to support the Dear Leader into every available microphone, and the other is a leading light of the Twitter Resisteratti. George Conway has been tweeting up a storm about our lawless president and how he should be impeached, and here's his lovely wife Kellyanne wandering into the frame to violate the Hatch Act six ways from Sunday. Hope they can hold it together for the sake of the corgis!

Today the Office of Special Counsel (not the Special Counsel's Office!) sent a report to the president recommending that Kellyanne Conway be fired from federal service for repeated violations of the Hatch Act. The Act protects federal employees from being conscripted to support a particular political candidate or party and bars high-level employees from publicly supporting a political candidate. The OSC is responsible for enforcing the Act and protecting whistleblowers and, by sheer coincidence, they posted this handy video to their Twitter feed just last week 'splaining the very law in question.


This isn't Kellyanne's first tangle with the OSC, which has previously faulted her for attacking candidate Doug Jones in 2017, telling Fox & Friends that an alleged pedophile is better than a "doctrinaire liberal" any day: "Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don't be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime. Weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners." The White House responded to the OSC's previous complaint by "counseling" Kellyanne. LOL, whatever.

And she's at it again for the 2020 cycle, attacking almost every major Democratic candidate on television and through the Twitter account she uses for official business.

Beginning in February 2019, Ms. Conway, during official media appearances, engaged in a pattern of partisan attacks on several Democratic Party candidates shortly after they announced their candidacy for President, including Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Congressman Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden. For example, in one interview, Ms. Conway insinuated that Senator Booker was "sexist" and a "tinny" "motivational speaker." In another, Ms. Conway said Senator Warren was "lying" about her ethnicity and "appropriating somebody else's heritage." After Mr. O'Rourke announced his candidacy, Ms. Conway attacked him for not "think[ing] the women running are good enough to be President."

On May 29, Conway -- who is A LAWYER, Mazal Tov GW Law -- seemed to brush off any suggestion that the federal law applied to her, saying, "Blah, blah, blah ... If you're trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it's not going to work. Let me know when the jail sentence starts." This appears to have been the final straw, as Special Counsel Henry Kerner wrote to the president this morning:

Ms. Conway's disregard for the restrictions the Hatch Act places on executive branch employees is unacceptable. If Ms. Conway were any other federal employee, her multiple violations of the law would almost certainly result in removal from her federal position by the Merit Systems Protection Board. As a highly visible member of the Administration, Ms. Conway's violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act's restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law.

But rule of law is not really the Trump administration's thing. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone sent one of his signature nastygrams alleging gross violations of due process and the First Amendment and "inappropriate external influence," whatever that's supposed to imply. Because the best defense is a good offense, we guess. (We read a lot of Cipollone letters to Congress, and they're all the same shrieking, bad faith exegesis.)

Then the White House put out a statement accusing the OSC of violating poor, defenseless Kellyanne's "constitutional rights to free speech and due process" and "weaponiz[ing] the Hatch Act." The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that the Hatch Act does not violate the First Amendment. As for due process, the OSC reports that Kellyanne refused to engage with them at all. Besides which, only the president has the authority to fire her, and we look forward to that happening ... NEVER. So, basically the OSC has violated her rights by making mean words about her. BOO FUCKING HOO.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Special Counsel Kerner acknowledged the "unprecedented" nature of his Office recommending that a high-ranking presidential advisor be quitfired for violating the Hatch Act, saying, "You know what else is unprecedented? Kellyanne Conway's behavior."

Silly SCO! In Trumpland, laws are for the little people.

[OSC Report / WaPo]

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Donald Trump's immigration goon squads were all set to start mass arrests and deportations of families in multiple cities Sunday, but before the raids started, he tweeted Saturday that he'd decided to delay the operation by two weeks -- to allow Democrats a chance to join Republicans in trashing US asylum law. Trump took a phone call Friday evening from Nancy Pelosi urging him to hold off on the raids, although it's also possible that internal disagreements about the operation at the Department of Homeland Security may have been part of the reason for the delay, too. In the meantime, Trump gets to terrify undocumented families some more and rant about deporting "millions," although the planned operation was actually targeted only at a couple thousand people who have already received deportation orders.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been gearing up to start raids in 10 US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Baltimore, to show how tough America is, and never mind that the sweeps would certainly have led to more family separations, as ICE scooped up at least some undocumented parents of children born in the US. The news also comes while the media is reporting filthy, inhuman conditions at the border camps where newly arrested immigrants, including babies, are being packed in, leading to plenty of awkward questions about why the government suddenly wants to arrest more people in the interior of the country? (Hint: President Eichmann just announced his reelection bid.)

The Great Deporter announced the delay of the operation Saturday by Twitter, as if that were normal, then followed up with more bluster Sunday.

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Kamala Harris was holding it down at the South Carolina Democratic Convention this weekend, and she wasn't just there to kick it at Clyburn's Fish Fry, hang out with Berndog Sanders, and just look extra good. No. She fucking running for President, and she's actually got a chance, unlike the many Mayo Casserole Men who keep jumping into the damn race. Why did they jump in after Kamala and Elizabeth Warren, the only people who are even running, clearly said, "We got it from here, boys"? Not sure, but regardless, it was unnecessary. Doesn't matter anyway because who is gonna remember Dadface McDorksky when Kamala is turning it the fuck out with speeches indicting Trump?

Do you believe in America? Kamala Harris believes in America, and her Saturday speech calls out for justice, and righteousness; where Barack Obama struck hopeful, dulcet, aspirational tones, Harris strikes sharp chords of urgency. To say that she read Trump the riot act would be, and is, an understatement; what she did here raised a crucial reality that some Dems refuse to see. Trump MUST be prosecuted. The Democratic nominee will wear many hats, and one of the most important of those hats is that of a prosecutor. There is a case to be made against Donald J. Trump, hell, there are so many cases, and as far as Harris is concerned, who better to make that case, but a COP? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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