OGE asks for investigation into Kellyanne Conway

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.

Reader comments

Wed, Mar 22, 2017 eeo

they need to worry about Hillary and Obama instead of all this problems. get real

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 Ashland, KY

It is a shame that the media can't let up. It was like this for a former governor in Kentucky and he could get nothing done because of the democratic obstructionists. Now our state has a republican governor and legislature so I guess it all worked out. Ms. Conway should not have said that, but she is new and I don't think that "strong" disciplinary action is warranted. Look at what many others have gotten way with. She should be reprimanded and let's move on with the really important business of the Country! Come on people!

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

will we fell right into their hands (Administrations), with all of the news about this, it's giving Ivanka more publicity, just as they had planned it would do. it's done and over quit talking about it until the Administration does something which they won't.

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Maybe OGE should request investigations (and prosecutions as indicated) of those who are leakng classified information to the media.

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Really? They had better go after Obama and Clinton first

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