CONFLICT OF INERTEST/TRUMP PEOPLE/KELLYANNE CONWAY: “The Office of Government Ethics [OGE] said Thursday that it has received a flood of messages from citizens concerned about ‘recent events,’ purportedly referring to comments by President Donald Trump’s White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who urged consumers to buy Ivanka Trump’s products.
‘OGE’s website, phone system and email system are receiving an extraordinary volume of contacts from citizens about recent events,’ the office tweeted Thursday, kicking off a five-part tweet storm about ethical violations.
The department then added that it is not responsible for investigating or enforcing ethics violations, but rather works to prevent them. When the ethics office learns of possible violations, it will contact the appropriate agency and provide guidance on the issue.”
– Abigail Abrams, “Federal Ethics Office Says It’s Getting ‘Extraordinary’ Number of Calls After Trump Nordstrom Controversy,” Time Magazine, Feb. 9, 2017