One of Donald Trump’s most senior advisers may have broken the law by endorsing his daughter’s brands on live TV.
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff… It’s a wonderful line, I own some of it. I’m going to give a free commercial here, go buy it today.”, said Kellyanne Conway, the Counselor to the President, on FOX News while she appeared to be standing inside the White House press briefing room.
Larry Noble, the general counsel for the Campaign Legal Centre, a nonpartisan organization based in Washington DC, immediately suggested she had broken the law.
The statute he cited, 5 CFR 2635.702, addresses the “use of public office for private gain”. Part © states: “An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise”, except in certain circumstances.
On the otherhand, Conway may have just been taking her cue from the man at the top who lashed out at Nordstroms in a tweet after the department store dropped First Daughter’s Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.