Ethics office concerned that the White House does not discipline Conway

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a U.S. government ethics watchdog said Thursday he was concerned about the White House‘s decision not to discipline presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway after she publicly endorsed a line of objections. clothing and jewelry sold by President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.

“Failure to take disciplinary action against a senior official in such circumstances runs the risk of undermining the ethics program,” wrote the Director of the Government Ethics Office, Walter Shaub, in a letter to Deputy White House attorney Stefan Passantino. .

The ethics office had called for Conway to be disciplined after she said on television last month that people should “go buy things from Ivanka,” in comments that appeared to violate government ethics rules that prohibit the use of charges. public to endorse products or promote personal business gains. .

Passantino had said in a letter to Shaub made public last week that Conway, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, had acted “without realizing it.” Discipline is not mentioned in the letter.

In a separate letter to the leaders of the House oversight panel on Thursday, Shaub said the White House response had made it clear that no disciplinary action would be taken against Conway.

“Most concerning, the White House response includes statements that question the applicability of the ethics rules and the authority of the OGE to oversee the ethics program for the entire executive branch. The OGE disagrees with these. claims, “Shaub wrote.

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