Office of Government Ethics recommends disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 2:26
Conway's comments, made from the White House briefing room, followed President Trump's decision to excoriate Nordstrom on Twitter for dropping his daughter's clothing line.
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff", said Conway, who grew up in the Atford section of Waterford Township.
In his letter to the White House, Mr Shaub wrote that his office's regulatory guidelines include an example violation in which a hypothetical presidential appointee promotes a product in a television commercial.
Shaub also noted in his letter that Conway's actions are nearly identical to an example used during ethics training about what not to do while employed by the White House. He closed the letter requesting a White House investigation into Conway's comments and recommending disciplinary action against her.
Federal ethics rules prohibit executive branch employees from using their positions to endorse products.
"Shaub's letter noted that Conway was working in an official capacity and that she ". used that interview, however, as an opportunity to market Ms. Trump's products", and that that clearly violates ". the ethical principles for federal employees and are unacceptable". I hate shopping and I'm going to get some myself today.
A single day's series of unfortunate events has left Special Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, dealing with the Office of Government Ethics while also denying she retweeted a white nationalist. But the real issue is much deeper and broader than these remarks by Ms. Conway.
Trump kisses the hand of Kellyanne Conway at the Indiana Society Ball on January 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The letter from the director of the Office of Government Ethics is addressed to Stefan Passantino, Deputy Counsel to the President and Designated Agency Ethics Official.
The letter, copies of which were also sent to the chair of the House oversight and government reform committee, Jason Chaffetz, and to Elijah Cummings, the committee's ranking Democrat, described Conway's actions as nearly perfectly matching a hypothetical used to illustrate prohibited conduct in government ethics training. It's not binding. Actually punishing Conway is still up to Trump himself.
Robert Weissman, president of the liberal group Public Citizen, praised Shaub for seeking disciplinary action against Conway.