White House Staffer Kellyanne Conway Encourages People To "Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff"
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 8:59
Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean "Spicy Facts" Spicer, told the press that Conway had been counseled about her obvious ridiculousness, but we never know whom to believe in this administration.
Conway replied by telling the audience to "go buy Ivanka's stuff", continuing "it's a wonderful line". "You've got some executives all over the Internet bragging about what they've done to her and her line".
Cummings pointed to the comments, writing to Chaffetz, R-Utah, "this appears to be a textbook violation of government ethics laws and regulations enacted to prevent the abuse of an employee's government position".
The president is not subject to ethics standards for federal employees, but Conway is, however.
Conway said Ivanka Trump is a "successful businesswoman" and people should give the company their business.
Several government ethics watchdogs caught wind of Conway's comments and suggested that she could have violated a federal ethics rule that prohibits "use of public office for private gain". They noted that the president is the ultimate enforcer when it comes to White House employees complying with ethics laws.
"I saw that interview ... she was smiling, she was laughing", Mr. Collins, New York Republican and a top Trump ally, said on CNN's "New Day". And Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested that the committee refer Conway to the Office of Government Ethics for potential disciplinary action.
Conway promoted Ivanka Trump's designer line during an interview with "Fox & Friends" early Thursday morning.
The luxury department stores Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Belk recently dropped the Ivanka Trump label, Racked reported last week. Chaffetz said the comments were "absolutely wrong, wrong, wrong" and "clearly over the line".
The store said its decision was made because Ivanka's products were not performing well in sales.