A watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against President Trump‘s chief counselor Kellyanne Conway for calling on Americans to purchase Ivanka Trump‘s products as she gave an interview from the White House.
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left-leaning group, called the remarks by Conway “an apparent violation of federal law, ethics regulations and other standards of conduct.”
During an interview with Fox & Friends this Thursday morning, Conway said, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. I hate shopping but I’m going to go get some for myself today.”
“I’m going to give it a free commercial here, go buy it today.”
Conway’s comments came in the wake of numerous retail chains announcing that they would no longer carry Ivanka Trump’s brand, citing poor sales. The announcement come after boycott movement have gained steamed by targeting products bearing the Trump name.
This Wednesday, the President also drew criticism for using his @POTUS Twitter account to attack Nordstrom, who dropped his daughter’s clothing line.
“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by [Nordstrom],” Trump tweeted. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
According to The Hill, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter to House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Thursday, asking that he refer Conway to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) for disciplinary action, calling it a “a textbook violation of government ethics laws and regulations.”
During his daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Conway had “been counseled on that subject, and that’s it.”
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