Senate Dems Prod White House to Stop Ethics Violations
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 10:14
Conway made comments supporting the president's daughter's fashion line during an appearance on Fox News Channel on Thursday, while discussing Nordstrom's announcement last week that it would no longer carry Ivanka Trump's products.
Questions were raised about Conway crossing an ethical line when she encouraged viewers to purchase Ivanka Trump's products on Fox News on Thursday morning. Conway called it "a wonderful line".
The Conway controversy comes a day after Trump raised eyebrows by tweeting that his daughter had been treated "unfairly" by Nordstrom.
Ms Conway twice praised Ms Trump as a "very successful businesswoman", but that she had "obviously stepped away from it now".
The Utah congressman and ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, in a letter requested a formal inquiry into what could be a potential ethics violation. CREW officials say Conway also may have broken a federal law that prohibits the use of public funds for non-official purposes.
Chaffetz has signaled that he agrees with Cummings, telling the Associated Press that Conway's actions were "clearly over the line, unacceptable". As a public employee who salary is paid by the taxpayers, Conway's official duties do not include shilling the president's daughter's shoe line.
Following the comments, press secretary Sean Spicer said Conway had been "counseled", but didn't offer any additional details. "She is a great person - always pushing me to do the right thing!"
Government employees aren't allowed to use their positions for private gain or to promote a particular product.
Ms Trump's brand was thrust again into the headlines after her father attacked department store chain Nordstrom in a highly unusual move using a White House twitter platform to intervene in a commercial matter.
Nordstrom said it would not order Ivanka Trump's collection for the upcoming season, a decision it based on sagging sales.