Kellyanne Conway May Have Violated Ethics Rules When She Told Everyone to "Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff"

"This is jaw-dropping to me," one expert said.

On Thursday morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway went on Fox & Friends and gave a self-described "free commercial" for Ivanka Trump's products. This came a day after President Trump called out Nordstrom for dropping his daughter's fashion line. But what Conway did might actually be breaking a major rule, the Washington Post reports.

"Conway's encouragement to buy Ivanka's stuff would seem to be a clear violation of rules prohibiting misuse of public office for anyone's private gain," Don W. Fox, former general counsel and former acting director of the Office of Government Ethics, told the newspaper. "This is jaw-dropping to me. This rule has been promulgated by the federal Office of Government Ethics as part of the Standards of Conduct for all executive branch employees and it applies to all members of the armed forces as well."

The Hill points out that Chris Lu, who served as deputy secretary of labor under President Obama, tweeted the exact federal ethics law that Conway's statements violate. He even tagged the Office of Government Ethics and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House. He highlighted a part that 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."

The Trump administration has long been under scrutiny for potential conflicts of interest, Business Insider notes. The head of the Office for Government Ethics called Trump's effort to separate from his businesses "wholly inadequate" back in January.

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