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Federal ethics chief criticizes White House for decision not to discipline Conway

On Thursday, the OGE sent the White House a letter expressing disapproval with its decision not to discipline Conway for her “free commercial.”
The next day, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway made headlines after she promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
President Trump’s ethics attorney spoke with the top lawyer at the Office of Government Ethics in the days surrounding the controversial White House responses to Nordstrom’s decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, NBC News reported Friday.
You can find it online.”The comment sparked immediate backlash, including calls from top House Oversight Committee members for the OGE to recommend discipline for Conway, which it did.
It also prompted Passantino to call Apol again, this time to tell the OGE that he would “be taking appropriate action to address her conduct.”

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Government ethics office ‘concerned’ over White House decision not to discipline Kellyanne Conway

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The White House and Office of Government Ethics did not respond immediately for requests for follow-up comment on the letter.
The director of the Office of Government Ethics said he is “concerned” over the White House’s decision not to discipline Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka Trump’s brand in a television appearance.
In a letter to White House deputy counsel Stefan Passantino, OGE director Walter Shaub said the White House failed to discipline Conway despite conduct that may have violated a federal ethics rule prohibiting “using one’s official position to endorse any product or service.”
“It is critical to the public’s faith in the integrity of government that White House employees be held to the same standard of ethical accountability as other executive branch employees.”
Passantino released a letter last week declining to discipline Conway and saying she “acted inadvertently” and had no “nefarious motive or intent to benefit personally.”

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