House Democrats vote to subpoena Kellyanne Conway after she fails to testify about alleged political statements

PHOTO: The empty seat of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is seen at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing at which Conway failed to appear on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 26, 2019.PlayLeah Millis/Reuters
WATCH Kellyanne Conway should be 'removed from service': Watchdog

The House Oversight Committee voted on Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President Donald Trump, after she failed to testify about her alleged violations of the Hatch Act.

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A federal watchdog agency has said she should be “removed from service” for making illegal political statements.

The committee had asked Conway to testify, but lawmakers were met with an empty chair after the White House notified the committee's Democratic chairman. Rep. Elijah Cummings, that they would decline the invitation claiming senior advisers to the president are immune from congressional testimony.

PHOTO: House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings calls for order during a hearing called Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 26, 2019. Leah Millis/Reuters
House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings calls for order during a hearing called "Violations of the Hatch Act Under the Trump Administration" on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 26, 2019.

“The American people demand that our public officials follow the law and be held accountable for their actions,” Cummings said. “Through this resolution the committee demands answers and requires Ms. Conway to provide those answers under oath.”

Cummings hasn’t officially issued the subpoena yet, but has said he fully intends to do so.

Committee Republicans pushed back, arguing that the confrontation sets a dangerous precedent for all public officials.

“As we start to look at this subpoena, we have one standard for Kellyanne Conway and another for everyone else,” GOP Rep. Mark Meadows said.

PHOTO: Rep. Mark Meadows speaks during a markup hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee June 26, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Rep. Mark Meadows speaks during a markup hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee June 26, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan voted yes on the resolution to subpoena Conway — the only Republican to do so.

In addition, Meadows and Cummings, who are friends, had a heated exchange.

“I think we’ve gotten to a point where disobeying the law is okay!” Cummings snapped. Meadows shot back: This is not disobeying the law.”

“Yes it is!” Cummings yelled, slamming his gavel.