President slams retailer for dropping daughter's brand

The US Office of Government Ethics said late on Thursday that the "extraordinary" flood of contacts had hit its "website, phone system and email system", and appeared to say it was advising other government agencies on action to take over Ms Conway's statements.

On Tuesday, Chaffetz admitted to reporters that he did not discuss any potential oversight of the Trump administration because the president preemptively scolded him into avoiding the subject. I'm going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff", said Conway. "You can get it online". They argued that Conway, who stood in the White House briefing room for her appearance on Fox, was acting in an official capacity.

"We jointly.jointly as the chairman, myself, the ranking member Mr. Cummings and we sent a very candid, very direct letter to the White House and to the Office of Government Ethics".

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser, made the comment a day after a tweet from the president criticising a retailer for dropping the product line drew criticism over using public office for personal business gains. These decisions however have coincided with liberal pressure to not promote any merchandise relating to the Trump family.

It's 100% a violation of federal ethics law to use a public office for private gain, but sure.

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Conway had been "counseled" on her comments. "So I think people can see through that". The chain announced on February 2 that it would no longer buy Ivanka Trump brand-products, based on their poor performance in the past year. The responsibility to oversee this in the first instance is with the White House counsel, Don McGahn.

Chaffetz told NBC News today Conway's hawking of Ivanka's products crossed a line.

Typically an ethics rule violation results in a letter of reprimand, according to Lawrence Noble, a former top lawyer and ethics officer at the Federal Election Commission.

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