The White House has determined that when Kellyanne Conway promoted Ivanka Trump’s product line, she did so innocently.
abcnews.go.com reports: The White House has determined that Kellyanne Conway acted “inadvertently” and “without nefarious motive or intent” when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s fashion line in an interview with Fox News last month, according to a White House letter to the Office of Government Ethics obtained by ABC News.
In the Feb. 28 letter to OGE Director Walter Shaub, White House deputy counsel Stefan Passantino said he met with Conway about the incident and briefed her on federal employee ethics laws.
“We concluded that Ms. Conway acted inadvertently and is highly unlikely to do so again,” he wrote. “Ms. Conway has acknowledged her understanding of the standards and has reiterated her commitment to abiding by them in the future.”
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” Conway said in a Fox News interview last month. “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody.”
After the incident last month, the OGE sent a letter to the White House calling for an investigation and review of Conway’s actions — which Shaub described as a “clear violation of the prohibition against misuse of position” — and recommended disciplinary action.