In a statement released Thursday, deputy White House press secretary Steve Groves called the Office of Special Counsel’s recommendation “deeply flawed.”
“Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations, and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, nonpolitical manner and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act,” Groves said.
The Office of Special Counsel noted that, during a May 29 media interview, Conway minimized the significance of the law as applied to her.
The office stated that, when asked about the Hatch Act, she replied, "If you're trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, it's not going to work," and "Let me know when the jail sentence starts."
Career government officials found to have violated the Hatch Act can be fired, suspended or demoted and fined up to $1,000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.