Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway on Friday fired at former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for chiding President Donald Trump's Elijah Cummings tweet—but that very act led to accusations that Conway violated the Hatch Act yet again.
In her clash with Haley over Trump's comment, Conway tweeted the Trump 2020 ticket from her Twitter account @KellyannePolls, which includes in the description, "Counselor," her official title.
"Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!" Trump tweeted Friday morning, days after calling the congressman a "bully" and Baltimore a "rat and rodent infested mess." Haley responded, "This is so unnecessary," adding a rolling eyes emoji.
Conway quote tweeted Haley and said, "THIS is so unnecessary Trump-PENCE2020."
Her tweet drew immediate feedback from the watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which has flagged her alleged violations of the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch employees from using their official positions to influence the outcome of an election.
The complaints led the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) in June to recommended that Conway "be removed from federal service" for repeatedly breaking the federal law, including by bashing Democratic candidates in television interviews outside the White House.
"OSC has already recommended that she be fired for her repeated violations of the Hatch Act. It appears that she did it again," CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz told Newsweek in an email Friday afternoon. "Laws lose their meaning when you refuse to enforce them, and for President Trump, ethics laws seem to have no meaning."
CREW also quote tweeted Conway and commented, "Violating the Hatch Act after you should have already been fired for violating the Hatch Act doesn't make it any less of a violation."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Friday regarding Conway's tweet and whether it violated the Hatch Act. But Trump has said the OSC conclusion threatens Conway's right to free speech and Conway failed to appear to testify on her violations before the House Oversight and Reform Committee last month.
Other Twitter users including lawyers opined that Conway broke the law again Friday.
"Another #HatchAct violation," tweeted Scott Hare, who states he is a business litigation attorney. "What else is new."
"Violating the Hatch Act, for the umpteenth time, is so unnecessary. Stop breaking the law. Consult your husband. @gtconway3d," another Twitter user said, referring to George Conway, a conservative lawyer and Trump critic.
But before his wife's tweet, George Conway encouraged Haley to continue criticizing Trump.
"Come on out, Nikki, the water's warm," he tweeted. "Be on the right side of history. Be on the right side."