Kellyanne Conway found herself in hot water this morning after she told the public to purchase items from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. The endorsement was a breach of federal law 2635.702, which reads:
An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told journalists that Conway has been “counseled on that subject, and that’s it.” But that’s not it, because some politicians don’t want to see her get off that easy.
Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is one such politician. He said that the endorsement was a “textbook violation of government ethics laws and regulations enacted to prevent the abuse of an employee’s government position.” Cummings is currently drafting a letter alongside Jason Chaffetz, Republican chairmen of the House Oversight Committee, to inquire as to what type of disciplinary action is necessary.
The news comes after upscale clothing retailer Nordstrom decided to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. The company cited “performance” as the reason for discontinuing the brand.
“Over the past year, and particularly in the last half of 2016, sales of the brand have steadily declined to the point where it didn’t make good business sense for us to continue with the line for now,” a Nordstrom spokesperson told NBC News.
But that didn’t stop President Trump from attacking the company on Twitter.
Due to a high volume of calls and emails, the Office of Government Ethics has not yet responded to requests for comment.