White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway breaches ethics rules by promoting Ivanka brand on live TV. Is she working for government or Ivanka?
Multiple legal experts and former White House officials say that Kellyanne Conway’s TV endorsement of the Ivanka Trump brand violated ethics rules governing executive branch employees.
Conway, counselor to the president, made the remarks on Fox News Thursday morning, responding to the recent decision by Nordstrom to remove the Ivanka Trump brand from its shelves.
“This is just a wonderful line. I own some of it, I fully — I’m going to give a free commercial here,” Conway said. “Go buy it today, everybody, you can find it online.”
Government ethics regulations clearly state:
“It is a violation of federal ethics regulations prohibiting use of public office for private gain for any government employee in an official speech, an official capacity TV interview or any similar communication to promote the products or services of a particular private business belonging to the employee’s own family, the president’s family, a friend, a campaign contributor or anyone else,” Painter said. “That was strictly forbidden in the Bush administration because it is illegal.”