OGE asks for investigation into Kellyanne Conway
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Feb 14, 2017
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is requesting that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway be investigated for her endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line during a news interview from the White House.
A letter posted Feb. 14 on Democrat’s House Oversight Committee Twitter page states that “[t]here is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct and that disciplinary action is warranted.”
Conway, in a Feb. 9 interview with Fox News said: “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you….this is just a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully— I’m gonna just going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today everybody. You can find it online.”
In the letter, Director Walter M. Shaub Jr., wrote that Conway’s comments were “a clear violation” of federal ethics rules that prohibit federal employees from using their public office to endorse a product.
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and ranking Democratic committee member Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland wrote a letter last week to Shaub requesting an investigation into the comments.
Chaffetz and Cummings recommended strong disciplinary action, and Shaub in his reply said he would heed to their request.