Kellyanne Conway’s insistence in a interview on Fox News that people should “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” was certainly a curious assertion coming from a top White House adviser. I also, according to legal experts, may well have violated a federal ethics rule against promoting an associate’s monetary interests.
Yet you won’t find any interest on the Republican House oversight committee in investigating the matter. The committee’s chairman, Chaffetz has long resisted calls from Democrats to investigate any number of Trump’s potential business conflicts of interest.
But he didn’t hesitate to spearhead early investigations into Clinton’s role in the Benghazi attack. A multi-year, $7.8m investigation explored by eight different, mostly Republican-led panels was summarized in a conclusive 800-page Benghazi report last summer that did not find Clinton guilty of any wrongdoing.
Kellyanne Conway’s violation of ethics rules is much more blatant than anything Chaffetz investigated with regard to Clinton, and it doesn't take years and millions to conclude she is guilty. Chaffetz has only wagged his finger and suggest someone else look into it.
I'm guessing Conway's escapade is just to stupid and ridiculous to have the committee look into it.
Together with the oversight committee’s ranking Democrat, Elijah E Cummings, Chaffetz co-authored a letter to the Office of Government Ethics calling Trump’s strategist’s comments “unacceptable” and asking that the agency recommend some measure of discipline given the “inherent conflict of interest”.
But this is not Republicans taking action. They won’t do any investigating as long as they are in charge. They’ve crossed a very, very important and clear line here. To encourage Americans to buy goods from companies owned by the first family is totally out of bounds and needs to stop. Generally speaking, the ethics of Trump’s business interests have to be investigated some time soon.
Remember the exhaustive investigations into the Clinton Foundation? The foundation’s real charitable benefits are undisputed and no clear evidence of wrongdoing is found. Nevertheless, the Clinton Global Initiative has announced the shuttering of its main office. The saga around Clinton's emails is an issue that Chaffetz has vowed to keep investigating into this year. But, he doesn't think he should do a thing about Conway's escapade.
The President’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said Conway had been “counseled” but refused to elaborate at all on what that entailed. They’re doing nothing in the hopes the public will forget as quickly as possible, about an issue that has every appearance of being a gross abuse of the power of the White House.
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