Top lawmakers demand Kellyanne Conway be punished for plugging Ivanka Trump clothing

Top lawmakers ask OGE to recommend discipline for Kellyanne Conway, after Ivanka Trump clothing line endorsement

Top lawmakers have recommended that disciplinary action is taken on Kellyanne Conway

Friday, February 10, 2017

The White House ethics watchdog has been urged to discipline Kellyanne Conway for endorsing Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. 

The demand was made by two leading members of the House Oversight Committee, a congressional body with jurisdiction over matters relating to government management, to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), according to The Hill.

A letter was sent to the OGE - which is independent of the US Government and is responsible for maintaining proper standards of conduct among senior executive figures - comes after Conway urged consumers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” in an interview with Fox News on Thursday (February 9).

In the letter, sent to OGE director Walter Shaub Jr., committee chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking democrat Elijah Cummings claimed Conway's comments were an example of using her White House role for nepotistic purposes.

They added that the OGE should recommend appropriate action to the White House against Conway, as the issue shows an "inherent conflict of interest" for President Trump.

The authors wrote that "Conway's statements clearly violate the ethical principles for federal employees and are unacceptable," and suggested that action could include "reprimand, suspension, demotion or dismissal."