Norm Eisen, former White House ethics and transparency czar, asserted on Thursday that Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway had broken federal regulations by promoting Ivanka Trump’s brand on the air.
During an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Conway reacted to Nordstrom’s recent decision to drop Ivanka product line.
“It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it,” Conway opined. “I fully — I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
Later on MSNBC, Eisen accused Conway of breaking §2635.702, which forbids “use of public office for private gain.”
“By doing this ad — I have never seen anything like it — it’s a violation of the rules, pure and simple,” Eisen said. “I imagine that you are going to see complaints flowing in. The responsibility to oversee this in the first instance is with the White House counsel, Don McGahn. He’s going to need to look at the rules, look at the precedents and decide what range of penalties might apply.”
“And I think the Office of Government Ethics will also have a look at it,” he predicted. “So, it’s a serious matter.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Feb. 9, 2017.