Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for President-elect Donald Trump, talks to reporters at Trump Tower, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kellyanne Conway Stumbles Over an Ethics Law, in Defending Ivanka Trump

There are certain strict ethical codes and laws that you cannot cross in the presidency, and Kellyanne Conway may have crossed that line.

Conway looks to have stepped all over a federal ethics law that states no one working for an executive government office may use that office for personal gain or to advertise products.

During an appearance Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” Conway promoted Ivanka Trump’s line of clothing and accessories.

“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,” she said.

Chris Lu, a former deputy secretary of labor, under President Obama, was all over it, Thursday morning.

Lu tweeted out the specific violation from Conway:

Conway was referring to a decision by Nordstrom to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.

The president immediately lashed out, as is his way, claiming their move to be unfair treatment of his daughter.

For their part, Nordstrom clarified that their decision was not political, but was based on the sales performance of the line.

That may be completely true.

It may also be true that Conway was not aware that what she was doing was a violation of any ethics laws.

Where this goes from here depends on how fervently those paying attention may wish to chase after it.

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