Trump aide Kellyanne Conway expected to snub House panel's subpoena

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway talks to reporters outside the White House

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway talks to reporters outside the White House

"Sick and exhausted of the Customs and Border Protection people I was with, who are overwhelmingly hispanic by the way, in McAllen, Texas, being ... criticized".

Cummings added on Monday that the White House has made things worse by "minimizing" the seriousness of the situation, and making it into "a light, offhand manner".

"The OSC stated that in one February 19 interview on "Fox & Friends", Conway "insinuated that Senator Booker was "sexist" and a "tinny" "motivational speaker, '" and claimed Warren, D-Mass., was "'lying" about her ethnicity.

"She has repeatedly and flagrantly" abused her office, Cummings alleged. Earlier, Trump said he wasn't concerned if people took it that way.

Update: Kellyanne Conway responded to the criticism of her back-and-forth with Feinberg in a follow-up tweet, saying that her comments were meant "with no disrespect". Trump, the chairman said, is "sending a false message to other federal employees that they need not comply to the Hatch Act".

In that same Fox interview, Conway distanced herself from her husband George Conway, whose latest Washington Post column is headlined: "Trump is a racist president".

According to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the goal of the Hatch Act in limiting political activities of federal employees working in the executive branch is to ensure "programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation".

He told committee chairman Elijah Cummings that current and former White House officials were "absolutely immune" from being required to testify before Congress. "As you know, in accordance with long-standing, bipartisan precedent, Ms. Conway can not be compelled to testify before Congress with respect to matters related to her service as a senior adviser to the president".

The House Oversight Committee is threatening to hold White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in contempt. However, Republicans claim the effort is nothing more than a side-show.

"This is a clear cut case", Cummings said on July 15.

Conway said that no matter how heavy the pressure is on her to keep a low profile, she will continue to publicly support the president's policies. The Democratic-controlled panel voted last month to authorize a subpoena for her testimony.

Cummings is now threatening to hold Conway in contempt. It called the hearing a "purely political campaign to harass the President and his close advisors".

It said, 'This constitutional protection ensures that future Presidents of the United States can effectively execute their responsibilities of the Office'.