Warren, Dems accuse Trump of ethics violations

Warren, Dems accuse Trump of ethics violations
A group of six Senate Democrats led by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCordray's legacy of consumer protection worth defending Booker tries to find the right lane  Jones raised 0K a day after first Moore accusers came forward: report MORE (Mass.) is ramping up pressure on the Trump administration over alleged ethics violations.
 
The senators on Friday sent a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn urging him to "prevent further violations of government ethics laws by members of the White House and the administration."
 
They specifically said President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway may have violated "ethics laws and regulations.”
 
Conway gave a cable news interview from the White House briefing room this week in which she urged viewers to buy Ivanka Trump's signature line of merchandise.
 
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff," she told the Fox News audience. "I'm going to give it a free commercial here."
 
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The letter’s other signatories are Democratic Sens. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems in Germany: Trump can't stop clean energy revolution Senate Dems demand answers on Social Security info given to election integrity commission Strange bedfellows on criminal justice reform could offer Trump a legislative win MORE (R.I.), Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Cybersecurity: Kushner was contacted about WikiLeaks before election | Tech experts blast Trump's 'extreme vetting' plan | Senate passes defense bill with measure to modernize feds' IT FCC rolls back media regulations in move that critics say benefits Sinclair Overnight Tech: Senate Dems want FCC chief recused from Sinclair merger | Tech rallies on Capitol Hill for DACA | Facebook beefs up lobbying ranks MORE (N.M.), Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate Democrats introduce bill to block Trump's refugee ban FCC votes to limit program funding internet access for low-income communities Two GOP senators oppose Trump’s EPA chemical safety nominee MORE (Mass.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperDemocrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  Pruitt to testify on EPA agenda at House, Senate hearings Senate confirms top air regulator at EPA MORE (Del.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.).
 
The lawmakers cite an Office of Government Ethics rule that states a federal employee "may not use his public office for his own private gain or for that of persons or organizations with which he is associated personally."
 
They also highlighted other possible ethical improprieties since Trump took office Jan. 20.
 
Critics have raised questions whether the Trump International Hotel in Washington violated its lease with the General Services Administration, which has drawn the interest of House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzDem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report Chaffetz replacement sworn in as House member Democrats expand House map after election victories MORE (R-Utah).
 
Democrats are also pointing to the decision to substantially increase membership fees at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Fla., which Trump and other top officials have called "the Winter White House,” shortly after his inauguration.
 
Another area of concern, Democrats say, is the Defense Department's rental of space in Trump Tower, with proceeds going to the Trump Organization.
 
The pattern of behavior "suggests that ethics violations will continue to plague this Administration throughout the length of its tenure,” the senators wrote.
 
They are calling on the White House counsel to make public any guidance provided to White House staff to prevent ethical violations.
 
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.