House Oversight leaders want ethics review of Conway's comment on Ivanka Trump

The two top lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee are joining forces to request an Office of Government Ethics review of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urging TV viewers to buy Ivanka Trump's merchandise. 

A spokesperson for the Oversight Committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), confirmed Thursday that Cummings and Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzCongress's latest hacking investigation should model its most recent Fox News Audio expands stable of podcasts by adding five new shows The myth of the conservative bestseller MORE (R-Utah) would jointly send a letter requesting the ethics review.

Chaffetz said Conway's remarks on Fox & Friends" were "clearly over the line" and "unacceptable," according to The Associated Press.


Conway drew criticism Thursday morning after promoting the first daughter’s clothing-and-accessory line, which Nordstrom has decided to stop stocking, citing a drop in sales.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you," Conway said. "I'm going to give it a free commercial here. Go buy it today.”

Conway's comments drew criticism from some who accused her of violating a prohibition on using a public post for private gain. 

Within hours, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left-leaning watchdog group, filed an ethics complaint against Conway, calling her remarks “an apparent violation of federal law, ethics regulations and other standards of conduct.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a curt response to Conway’s comments on Thursday afternoon, telling reporters at his daily press briefing that she had been “counseled on the subject.”

"Kellyanne has been counseled, and that's all we are going to go with," Spicer said. "She's been counseled on the subject, and that's it."

Spicer did not add any additional information about who spoke to Conway or about the nature of that conversation, moving on to another reporter's question. 

Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of Labor under President Obama, tweeted a screenshot of the federal ethics law he believes Conway broke with her comments.