"Buy Ivanka's Stuff": Investigate Kellyanne Conway for Breaking Federal Ethics Rules!

  • by: Miranda Becker
  • target: Jason Chaffetz, Government Accountability Office, Office of Government Ethics, Inspectors General, FBI, Office of Special Counsel, U.S. Congress, United States

After Nordstrom's chose to stop carrying products associated with Ivanka Trump's clothing line in Jan. 2017, President Trump issued a series of tweets attacking Nordstrom's and promoting retailers that still carry Ivanka's products.

Then, on Feb. 9, 2017, top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends and said: "Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you. It's a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully – I'm going to just, I'm going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online."

Under U.S. ethics law, federal employees are prohibited from "use of public office for private gain" and "endors[ing] any product, service or enterprise." 

This amounts to a clear and open breach of federal ethics law – and it's a major test of the U.S. government's willingness to uphold our system of checks and balances. The Office of Government Ethics has the authority to issue a recommendation of "disciplinary action" to other government agencies – the Congress, FBI, Government Accountability Office, Inspectors General, and Office of Special Counsel, which all have the authority to launch an investigation into Ms. Conway's statements and discipline her.

These government agencies must prove that they are above partisan politics and truly committed to preserving our democracy. They must launch an immediate investigation into Ms. Conway's endorsement of the President's daughter's fashion line. Sign this petition if you agree!

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