Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway encouraged Fox News viewers to buy merchandise from Ivanka Trump in what may have been a violation of federal law. As noted by New York magazine, the law states that a federal employee “shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.” From the February 9 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
KELLYANNE CONWAY: But you asked about Ivanka. I visited with her yesterday. This is a very successful businesswoman -- twice. Obviously she has stepped away from it now, but in the past she has helped to run her family's real estate empire and on the side, she developed another fully unbelievably entrepreneurial wildly successful business that bears her name. And I think she has gone from 800 stores to a thousand stores, or a thousand places where can you buy. You can certainly buy her goods online. And she's just at a very good place. She's an incredibly confident, creative, talented woman who also supports her father's presidency and realizes that there are bigger issues that he is going to tackle and if she decides and it works for her family, she comes inside the White House here. She knows people like Dina Powell and me who will be working with her to help on women empowerment. Women and girls. I do find it ironic that you have got some executives all over the internet bragging about what they have done to her and her line and, yet, they are using the most prominent woman in Donald Trump's, you know, most prominent, his daughter. And using her, who has been a champion for women empowerment, women in the workplace, to get to him. So I think people can see through that.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Thirty seconds.
CONWAY: Go buy Ivanka's stuff is what I would tell you. I hate shopping. I'm going to go get some myself today.