House Oversight Committee requests ethics probe following Conway comments

House Oversight Committee requests ethics probe following Conway comments

White House Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway with President Donald Trump (Twitter/@kellyannepolls)

WASHINGTON- The House Oversight Committee has requested an investigation into potential conflicts of interest stemming from a recent interview White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway gave in which she promoted the fashion line owned by President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

“Conway’s statements appear to violate federal ethics regulations, which prohibit actions that imply a government endorsement of the “personal activities” of another person,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) wrote in a joint letter to the Office of Government Ethics on Thursday.

Conway’s remarks were made during an interview with Fox and Friends on Thursday morning.

“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,” Conway said while discussing Nordstrom’s recent decision to boycott Ivanka’s fashion line.

President Trump said in a Tweet on Wednesday morning that Nordstrom’s decision to boycott Ivanka’s fashion line was uncalled for.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday afternoon: “Kellyanne has been counseled,” but he did provide specifics.

On Friday morning various media outlets reported that Conway had apologized to President Trump on Thursday for having made the remarks.

Conway said in a Tweet on Friday morning that all is well between she and the President.

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