– Richard Perez-Pena, “Ethics Watchdog Denounces Conway’s Endorsement of Ivanka Trump Products,” The New York Times online, Feb. 14, 2017
ETHICS/TRUMP PEOPLE/KELLYANNE CONWAY/TRUMP FAMILY/IVANKA: “The White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s public endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s product line appears to be ‘a clear violation of the prohibition against misuse of position,’ and she should be disciplined, the federal government’s chief ethics watchdog wrote this week in a letter to the White House.
Although President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said last week that Ms. Conway had been ‘counseled’ about her statement, the White House has not clarified what that means. Experts in government ethics say that typically, offenses like Ms. Conway’s would result in a letter of reprimand, though it could be grounds for termination. It is up to the head of each agency — in this case, the president — to determine the punishment.”