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Did Kellyanne Conway Break The Law By Plugging Ivanka’s Brand?

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Did Kellyanne Conway Break The Law By Plugging Ivanka’s Brand?

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top White House aide on Thursday promoted the clothing line named after President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, drawing criticism from ethics experts one day after the president attacked a retailer for dropping her products.

“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff …I’m going to go get some myself today,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News in an interview from the White House. “I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody.”

Norman Eisen, who served as an ethics adviser to Democratic President Barack Obama, said Conway’s comments amounted to an advertisement and violated government ethics law.

“It’s a violation of the rule,” Eisen told MSNBC. “It’s a serious matter.”

Former Office of Government Ethics chief Don Fox told the Washington Post Conway’s comments appeared to violate rules barring the use of public office for anyone’s private gain.

Ivanka’s brand was thrust into the headlines after her father on Wednesday attacked department store chain Nordstrom Inc for dropping her products, in a highly unusual move that drew criticism for his use of a White House twitter platform to intervene in a commercial matter.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment over the ethics issue regarding Conway’s remarks, and the Office of Government Ethics could not be immediately reached.

Other retailers that have dropped the Ivanka line include Neiman Marcus and HSN Inc, while Macy’s Inc, TJX Cos, Hudson’s Bay Co, which runs high-end chains like Lord & Taylor, and Dillards Inc still carry it.

An ongoing campaign called #GrabYourWallet encourages shoppers to boycott products with ties to President Trump and his family. Separately, supporters have launched an alternative social media campaign called #BuyIvanka.

Ivanka Trump has said she would step away from her company when her father took office in the White House. A spokeswoman for the Ivanka Trump brand declined to comment on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu; Additional reporting by Angela Moon; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Bernadette Baum)

IMAGE: An Ivanka Trump-branded blouse is seen for sale at off-price retailer Winners in Toronto, Ontario, Canada February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

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  1. 1standlastword February 9, 2017

    “Norman Eisen, who served as an ethics adviser to Democratic President Barack Obama, said Conway’s comments amounted to an advertisement and violated government ethics law.”
    *************************************************************************************
    Let it be known as the MEMO is now sent to the People:

    “For the next four-years, the United States Government will not upholding ethical principles intended for it’s political class”. From here on out only the common-class will be subjected to ethical principles.”

    Considering the intent of the new congresses attempt to scuttle the IOCE this accusation has some merit….Don’t you think?!

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jan/03/house-gops-ethics-vote-what-was-all-about-anyway/

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  2. pics fixer February 9, 2017

    I don’t like her. She has a job where she has to explain the missteps and screw-ups of her boss and others. She is a walking, talking moral dilemma. With that said, Conway was not trying to sell something, she was trying to make a point. It was incredibly super sloppy and she should have known that. (I’ll bet that afterwards she wished she was someplace else.) It’s her job after all to know better. She should be reprimanded and get a pass this one and only time. If it happens again, she collects unemployment insurance.

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    1. Bob Eddy February 9, 2017

      Just how much illegal activity, lying and unethical behavior are we to tolerate. If this had been her first lapse, I would gree with you, but this isn’t. After all. Aren’t conservatives big proponents of “three strikes” laws. If a common citizen can get 15 years for stealing a loaf of bread for his family….

      1. pics fixer February 10, 2017

        I don’t disagree with you and it may even look like a double standard and Conway should have known better but here I offer one strike. For all the freaken good what I have to say means. I must say, my mom always said I was perfect (I didn’t argue with my mom) so maybe they should listen to me.

  3. Kathy Sterley February 9, 2017

    Conway is like the Wicked Witch of the East… she covers for Trump and all his mistakes and lies he tells. “Alternative Facts” are just one cover up for him and there have been so many! She is like a robot that spits out the bluff and cover up and often by distracting the interviewer by pointing the finger somewhere else. It is ridiculous! She should never have mentioned Ivanka’s clothing line, unless the interviewer asked her about it and then, she should be careful about how she responds. She is not supposed to promote products, services, etc. for the gain of any government workers, officials, etc. or their families! She needs to be reprimanded and learn what her role is and what she can and cannot do and say. This represents just one example of inexperience and ignorance and that placing these unqualified people in positions that they are not educated, trained or experienced in will result in errors such as this! Let’s hope they get smart and start talking less and try to learn more, so we can begin to feel a little less afraid of having so many unqualified “friends” of Trump in important government offices!

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  4. Deskjet February 9, 2017

    The Evil One Donald J. Trump and his she devil Kellyann Conway will destroy America!!

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  5. Dominick Vila February 9, 2017

    Trump’s and Conway’s comments on Nordstrom’s decision to drop Ivanka’s line due to sagging sales are unethical – and embarrassing – but do not constitute a crime. I would not be surprised if Spicer and Conway decide to leave and are replaced with more politically savvy operatives.

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    1. Bob Eddy February 9, 2017

      Actually they do constitute a crime. It is specifically illegal to use your public office to endorse something that will benefit yourself or a close government associate. I know it’s hard to see this as significant in light of Trump’s other ethical lapses, but remember Al Capone didn’t go down for murder. He went down for tax evasion.

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  7. ivory69690@yahoo.com February 10, 2017

    this DONNY DUMP CLOWN thinks if he pushes the judges (any and all of them ) by insulting then and trying to get them mad he then can say these judges cant and shouldn’t be able to rule on anything that has to do with me . because thy are bias against me . he then calls the judges or just insults them by saying a high school kid would know that he is right . even if that be thy still are up many grades over his first grade mind set of the DUMPSTER clown . this bull with his brain washed daughter the truth being is it’s all his fault alone why her stuff dosent sell thy in fact are boycotting him through her . and what kind of knowledge of the LAW dose he or his brain dead staff have ( him only how to screw people out of their money ) his wicked witch of the west Conway says that DONNY DUMP stands beside her and what she has done 100 % well in not so many words she is breaking some type of law and or rules written in the constitution . and he stands with her 100 % . so what dose that have to say about him ? he’s one to brag of every thing how much money he has if this is true then why wont he use his bragging and show all the $ billions he says he has ? be proud DUMPSTER CLOWN and show all your taxes prove it to the world if it true . when you watch the clown a lot of times he seems to a lot give the HAIL HITLER sign . he think’s a dictator like Hitler or wants to be anyways

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  8. ivory69690@yahoo.com February 10, 2017

    DONNY DUMP is one sick piece of crap . he is setting back wishing and praying for some kind of any kind of terrorism ATTACK on the country heck that wacko might even try to do one him self or pay some one to do a terror act . (I wouldn’t put that pass him ) the only and worse security risk for the country is in his pea brain head . he is wasting all this time on BULL he seems to crave an attack the same way the addicted junky craves his fix of ATTENTION . when is the government going to see this clown for what he is ? a mental deranged SYCO case ? its needed very badly now A FULL PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION EXAMINATION by more Doctors then judges . I cant understand why some Doctors haven’t came forward yet ? or even the DEMS to request some kind of mind set evaluation on this deranged president clown . it has to be some place in the constitution (or very well should be ) that the POTUS has to be at a sane mind set to be the president . and not be an addicted attention seeking junky that wants to rule deranged ego of a dictator like Hitler in his head

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