Did Kellyanne Conway just break the law?

Posted by | February 9, 2017 14:09 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics Top Stories

White House spokesperson Kellyanne Conway gave a free commercial – her own words! = to Ivanka Trump’s fashion line late this morning:

Speaking from the White House press briefing room on Thursday, Kellyanne Conway told Americans they should “go buy Ivanka [Trump’s] stuff” following reports that many retailers are dropping Ivanka’s eponymous clothing line.

“I’m going to give it a free commercial here; go buy it today,” Conway told the hosts of Fox & Friends while noting that the president’s daughter “is in a very good place.”

Isn’t that illegal?

Conway’s comments are a particularly egregious example of how the Trump businesses are cashing in on the Trump presidency. They also appear to violate federal ethics law, which prohibits the endorsement of products by federal officials.

The specifics of the regulations around endorsements are as follows:

Larry Nobel, the former general counsel of the FEC, believes it is likely that Conway’s statements violated these provisions.


Sean Spicer, during the daily press briefing, said

“Kellyanne has been counseled and that’s all we’re going to go with,” Spicer replied. “She’s been counseled on that subject, and that’s it.”

That is not good enough for some in the legislature.

The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), called for an ethics review of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway promoting Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.

In a Thursday letter to Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Cummings requested the panel make a referral about Conway to the Office of Government Ethics to determine whether she violated ethics laws barring federal employees from using their public offices to endorse products.

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27 responses to Did Kellyanne Conway just break the law?

  1. Larry Schmitt February 9th, 2017 at 14:25

    How many times, and in how many ways, will they be allowed to show their total disregard for the laws? I was always taught that no one is above the law, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this crowd. The words “conflict of interests” mean nothing to them. When does someone in congress grow a pair and call them on it?

    • The Original Just Me February 9th, 2017 at 15:02

      It sure wont be Sen. Warren that grows a pair.

      • Larry Schmitt February 9th, 2017 at 15:05

        Not a literal pair, but figurative. Replace with spine if you prefer.

        • The Original Just Me February 9th, 2017 at 15:26

          I have a comment but this is a public system. LOL :+)

    • Mike N. February 9th, 2017 at 15:09

      Yeah, but… Benghazi! E-mails!! Abortion!!

  2. mea_mark February 9th, 2017 at 14:27

    … Lock Her Up ~ ! …

    • The Original Just Me February 9th, 2017 at 15:02

      Lock Her up without a makeup Bucket.

      • nola878 February 9th, 2017 at 15:55

        Now, that’s cruel and unusual punishment…for the jailers that have to see her every day.

        • The Original Just Me February 9th, 2017 at 20:27

          Okay, Okay, you win. Take her to the Zoo where they are used to locking up strange and weird looking animals.:+)

      • bpollen February 10th, 2017 at 01:53

        Let her have the make-up, but not the trowel…

        • The Original Just Me February 10th, 2017 at 01:57

          Finger Paint using only the Middle Finger.

  3. The Original Just Me February 9th, 2017 at 15:00

    Did Kelly Ann Conway just break the law ?
    Here is a Better question.
    Is Kelly Ann Conway a FREAK ????

    • bpollen February 10th, 2017 at 01:52

      A Super Freak?
      She super freaky?

      • The Original Just Me February 10th, 2017 at 01:56

        Super Freaky and Not in a FUN Way.

  4. Willys41 February 9th, 2017 at 16:55

    Break the law? Doesn’t matter. Won’t be prosecuted.

    • Roctuna February 9th, 2017 at 18:39

      You probably already know, but she was “counseled”.

      • The Original Just Me February 10th, 2017 at 01:54

        No Problem, nothing will happen to Her.

  5. William February 9th, 2017 at 17:19

    When she’s not lying she’s breaking the law.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a537bede2d5407213140025ecbbc563d976b759f0e3002f84dc9bd65a68823ae.jpg

  6. amersham1046 February 9th, 2017 at 18:01

    Prosecute? sorry no, Jeff Sessions is too busy, he just got a new coloring book and pencil crayons just like the big kids

  7. robert February 9th, 2017 at 18:23

    With a Republican Congress and senate

    Who is going to prosecute ?

    • granpa.usthai February 9th, 2017 at 21:15

      that would be the duty of the justice department.

      if Jeff Sessions doesn’t want to do his job, FIRE his white racist ass.

      appeal to the British House of Commons to respectfully request the United States be barred from the United Nations and redefined as a criminal nation.

      if they won’t, perhaps the DPRK will?

      • robert February 9th, 2017 at 21:31

        It’s a perfect situation for the trumpster and his pirates Nobody can or legally touch them and his voters will go nuts if anyone does.

      • fahvel February 10th, 2017 at 04:23

        sometimes gramps you are just a plain genius with words and ideas!!!!

    • bpollen February 10th, 2017 at 01:51

      Government Ethics guys make a recommendation, and it’s up to Emperor Cheeto to determine the punishment.

      • robert February 10th, 2017 at 06:10

        I’m glad they left it up to the gov to create ethics for the public

  8. granpa.usthai February 9th, 2017 at 21:10

    congress should remember:

    a lawless executive branch leads directly to a lawless populace.

    if you’re not going to uphold your own written laws – pack your bags a take a permanent vacation until the embers stop glowing.

  9. William February 10th, 2017 at 09:32

    I see the right is fighting back on this. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fed9dd9d35590d747a8bf9f8cf1fac1b062aa6e1f5012d345cf7d92f93bf0148.jpg

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