United States gov't ethics watchdog urges investigation into top Trump aide Conway
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Feb 15, 2017,
Feb 15, 2017, 0:38
Standing in the White House briefing room, she urged Americans to ignore a boycott against the first daughter's clothing and accessories line and told them to go out and buy her "stuff". It's a wonderful line, I own some of it. ... "Go buy it today everybody, you can find it online", she added.
To that end, the OGE recommends - since that's all it's technically empowered to do - that the White House investigate Conway's statements and consider "disciplinary action", although what the action would be isn't clear.
Ms Conway's remarks drew widespread attention, and a bipartisan congressional committee contacted the Office of Government Ethics to query whether or not Ms Conway was in breach of ethics rules.
After national department store chain Nordstrom pulled the clothing line of Ivanka Trump from its shelves, senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway made a plug for the brand on national television.
Shaub shared that letter with members of Congress and released it to the public on Tuesday.
'Unlike the Committee, OGE can not issue subpoenas, question witnesses, compel the production of documents or take action against individuals who refuse to cooperate, ' Shaub said to Chaffetz and to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the Oversight committee's ranking member. A source close to Trump said that his daughter chastized Conway for "dragging her brand into an ethics mess" and told her not to mention it again on TV.
He added that Conway's actions are nearly identical to an OGE example of an ethics violation. But Shaub said his office has not received any notification of disciplinary action.
The comments immediately got attention with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican and chair of the House Oversight Committee calling them 'wrong, wrong, wrong'.