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READ: Office of Government Ethics Recommends Kellyanne Conway be Disciplined

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) issued a scathing letter on February 14, calling on the White House to discipline Kellyanne Conway after she told people to buy Ivanka Trump’s clothes on Fox News on February 9. You can read the letter in full above.

When Conway was on Fox News on February 9, she was asked about Nordstrom’s decision to drop a clothing line with President Donald Trump’s daughter’s name on it. She told viewers to buy Ivanka’s clothes and that she was going to do that herself. This may have been in violation of Federal Ethics Code Section 5 CFR 2635.702, which bars public officials from using their office for private gain.

“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you. I hate shopping, and I’m gonna go get some on myself today,” Conway said on Fox News, later even admitting that she was giving the clothing line a “free commercial.”

In their letter to Stefan Passantino, Trump’s Designated Agency Ethics Official, the OGE writes that they have seen no proof that Conway was disciplined by the executive branch. They recommend that the White House discipline Conway in some way. However, the OGE does not have the power to make sure that the White House does so in the first page of the letter, which is addressed to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and ranking member Elijah Cummings.

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The letter reads in part:

Although Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated during a press conference on February 9, 2017, that, “Kellyanne has been counseled, and that’s all we’re going to go with,” OGE has not yet received notification of any disciplinary or other corrective action against Ms. Conway. When OGE has reason to believe that an employee may have violated the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (Standards of Conduct), OGE is authorized to recommend that the employing agency investigate the matter and consider taking disciplinary action against the employee. Under the present circumstances, there is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct and that disciplinary action is warranted.

After listing quotes from Conway’s Fox News appearance and noting that Conway delivered those statements with the seal of the White House behind them, the letter reads:

These facts, if true, would establish a clear violation of the prohibition against misuse of position. I note that OGE’s regulation on misuse of position offers as an example the hypothetical case of a Presidential appointee appearing in a television commercial to promote a product. Ms. Conway’s actions track that example almost exactly. Therefore, I recommend that the White House investigate Ms. Conway’s actions and consider taking disciplinary action against her.

Conway’s comments were criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle. On the day after her comments, the House Oversight Committee leaders wrote a letter requesting that the OGE look into the matter. “What she did was wrong, wrong, wrong,” Republican Jason Chaffetz tweeted.

The Office of Government Ethics is an independent agency in the executive branch that’s meant to prevent conflicts of interest among employees in the federal government. The director is appointed by the president, but gets a five-year term so their tenure always overlaps presidential terms. Walter Shaub is the current OGE director.

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9 comments

  1. And what were the ethics committee’s recommendation regarding Obama knowing that there was a private server violating the law in use by Hillary? What did they say about Hillary’s illegal use? What did they say about the Clinton foundation pay for play? What did they say about Wall Street contributing money to Clinton’s campaign there by getting them Jail by the Obama administration for the 2008 financial collapse? Crickets crickets crickets

    • It probably says the same thing about Secretaries of State’s Condi Rice and Colin Powell’s use of a private server . . . looks like ole W violated the law too. As far as Wall Street, Trump hasn’t only NOT drained the swamp, he’s overflowed it with his multiple billionaires cabinet, including the head people from Lehman Brothers.

      Let’s face it, this administration is the gang that can’t shoot straigh. IIlegal Executive Orders, not even knowing the Japanese’s Prime Minister’s last name, the two-policy China, only later to be rescinded; Kellyanne Conway saying one thing, only to be directly contradicted by Sean Spicer 10 minutes later. You may willingly want to go down the river to Russia as Donnie continues to collect his fees while he turns the country over to Putin, that’s your business. As for me, I’m going down fighting!

      Plain ans simple, particularly with the late: Flynn debacle, it’s time to impeach the bum!!

  2. Yep; what she did was “wrong, wrong, wrong.” So freakin’ what? Does Washington have nothing more important to do? Every single day of his presidency, Obama initiated a new “scandal” bigger than this.

  3. Even the Republicans are calling for her to be disciplined. John McCain just said Ms.Conway has been a naughty, naughty girl, and deserves a spankie!

    • Do you think that Trump minions really care about what rules or if the Constitution is violated? Remember, they voted for a candidate who bragged that he could shoot someone in borad daylight in the middle of the afternoon, and never lose a single supporter? Of course, I wonder if they’d feel the same way if the person shot was them, or their son, daughter, husband, or wife–probably not. When they pulled that voting lever, or pierced their ballots for Trump, they surrendered any remaining objectivity they might have had. Obviously, that type of blind loyalty is what lets tyrants like Hitler advance.