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Office Of Government Ethics Urges Disciplining Conway

| by Oren Peleg

After national department store chain Nordstrom pulled the clothing line of Ivanka Trump from its shelves, senior aide to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway made a plug for the brand on national television. Now, the Office of Government Ethics is recommending disciplinary actions for her behavior.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you" Conway told Fox News on Feb. 9, according to a letter sent to the White House by Walter Shaub, director of the ethics office.

"This is just a wonderful line," Conway later added. "I own some of it. ... I'm going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody, you can buy it online."

“I recommend that the White House investigate Ms. Conway’s actions and consider taking disciplinary action against her,” Shaub wrote to the Deputy Counsel to the president in his letter dated Feb. 13, adds Politico.

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Shaub says that Conway's appearance was conducted in an “official capacity," and that she used the interview "as an opportunity to market Ms. Trump’s products."

The action was a "textbook violation of federal ethics rules," Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement, notes CNN. "The president should follow the independent advice of the Office of Government Ethics to impose discipline on Ms. Conway."

"Kellyanne has been counseled, and that's all we are going to go with," Spicer said during a press briefing on Feb. 10, notes The Hill. "She's been counseled on the subject, and that's it."

According to CNN, Conway commented on the disciplinary counsel, saying, "At some point, I hope American women work for a boss that treats them the way President Trump treated me today."

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Source: CNN, Office of Government Ethics, Politico, The Hill / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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