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Experts: Top Aide "Plain and Simple" Broke Ethics Law by Promoting Trump Brand

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"The Trump family is clearly using the White House to financially benefit their family. Where does this end?"

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Kellyanne Conway's comments came a day after the president tweeted his outrage over Nordstrom treating
Kellyanne Conway's comments came a day after the president tweeted his outrage over Nordstrom treating '[m]y daughter unfairly.'
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The Office of Government Ethics was apparently swarmed with calls and emails from outraged citizens on Thursday after White House adviser Kellyanne Conway urged individuals to buy Ivanka Trump's products.

In a series of tweets, the OGE said that its "website, phone system, and email system are receiving an extraordinary volume of contacts from citizens about recent events" and said that it "does not have investigative or enforcement authority," though it has "provided guidance" to the relevant agency.

That outrage also seemingly prompted a reprimand from the White House. During the daily press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Conway "has been counseled, and that's all we are going to go with. She's been counseled on the subject, and that's it."

House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) -- not known for being tough on Trump's business conflicts -- also called the comments "unacceptable" and said that the committee would refer Conway to the OGE for an investigation.


White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, it seems, "crossed a very bright line" when she openly encouraged people to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" after President Donald Trump slammed Nordstrom department store for dropping his daughter's fashion line.

Appearing on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, Conway told viewers, "Go buy Ivanka's stuff. I hate shopping, I will go get some myself today," before adding, "I'm going to give a free commercial here."

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