Ethics Office Calls Kellyanne Conway's Plug of Ivanka Trump's Merch 'Clear Violation'

Feb 15, 2017, 00:39
Ethics Office Calls Kellyanne Conway's Plug of Ivanka Trump's Merch 'Clear Violation'

In a letter made public on Tuesday, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) wrote to White House lawyers stating there is reason to believe that Ms Conway violated the standards of ethical conduct for executive employees by endorsing Ivanka Trump's fashion line on television.

Ms Conway was commenting on department store Nordstrom's decision to drop a line of Ivanka Trump branded products. "Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), leaders of the House oversight panel". And if some unknown person does have access to Conway's account - given her status and visibility in the Trump administration - wouldn't this pose significant national security questions?

The letter was sent in response to a query by the two members of Congress after Conway's original comments, which Chaffetz at the time described as "wrong, wrong, wrong". In a news conference last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Conway had "been counseled" on the matter, according to CNN. I fully - I'm going to just, I'm going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody.

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Shaub asked the White House to respond to his letter, in writing, with its findings and any disciplinary action it decides to take by February 28. Conway was quickly criticized by ethics watchdogs for violating rules forbidding public officials from misusing their office for private gain.

Count them: That's three probes into the White House and top aides that have surfaced in a 24-hour period already this week. At a press briefing later in the day, Spicer said Trump asked Flynn to quit. "Ms. Conway's actions track that example nearly exactly". Shaub, in his letter, said he has not been notified by the White House of any disciplinary action against Conway. Shaub said OGE had "not yet received notification of any disciplinary or other correction against against Ms. Conway".

The OGE's letter comes as the White House is embroiled in controversy that resulted in the abrupt resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and conversations held between him and the Russian Ambassador late past year.