America INFURIATED With Kellyanne: OGE Website Down After Receiving ‘Extraordinary Volume Of Contacts From Citizens’
Kellyanne Conway promoted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on national television while making an appearance on “Fox & Friends” and by doing so she violated ethics rules. A left-leaning group took notice and are taking action against it.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW) filed a complaint to the Office of Government Ethics, calling Conway’s remarks “an apparent violation of federal law, ethics regulations and other standards of conduct.”
Conway urged people to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” during an interview with “Fox & Friends.”
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you.” Conway said. “I hate shopping but I’m going to go get some for myself today.”
“I’m going to give it a free commercial here, go buy it today.”
CREW’s executive director, Noah Bookbinder, urged the office to “take any necessarily disciplinary action.”
“The law is clear that public officials should not use their offices for their own private gain or the private gain of others,” Bookbinder said in a statement. “It’s hard to find a clearer case of that kind of misuse of office than we saw today.”
Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote a letter to Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), House Oversight Committee Chair, and asked that the committee refer Conway’s comments to the OGE to take disciplinary action immediately.
Cummings said in a statement that Conway promoting Ivanka’s clothing line was “a textbook violation of government ethics laws and regulations.”
Many Americans also filed complaints to the OGE that the website has shut down for several hours.
The office tweeted that the “website, phone system and email system are receiving an extraordinary volume of contacts from citizens about recent events.”
The website reportedly had 300,000 page requests on its website in all of 2016 and has already had 5 million hits this year, Politico’s Eric Geller reported.