Editors' pick: Originally published Feb. 14.
When it rains, it pours -- hours after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn exited the White House, another top Trump adviser -- Kellyanne Conway -- is in hot water as well.
The U.S. Office of Government Ethics said Conway's comments last week urging Americans to purchase Ivanka Trump's products were a "clear violation" of government ethics rules in a letter sent to the White House released on Tuesday. OGE director Walter Shaub recommended the White House investigate Conway's actions and "consider taking disciplinary action against her."
In an appearance on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" on Thursday, Conway, a senior adviser to Trump, told viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" after Seattle-based Nordstrom (JWN) joined a growing of retailers to drop the president's daughters clothing and accessories line. She described Trump's eponymous brand as a "fully unbelievably entrepreneurial wildly successful business" for which she was offering a "free commercial" on live TV.
Ethics experts were quick to point out Conway had violated federal ethics rules, which prohibit federal employees from using their office to endorse products or services.
Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings, the two top lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee, in a rare bipartisan move called on the OGE to recommend disciplinary action against Conway.
"Conway's statements clearly violate the ethical principles for federal employees and are unacceptable," the pair said in a letter addressed to Shaub. "The White House's reported decision to counsel Conway supports this decision."
Conway after her misstep apologized to President Trump and tweeted that she had his full support.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said last week that Conway had been "counseled." The OGE letter cites Spicer's declaration, noting that it "has not yet received notification of any disciplinary or other corrective action against" Conway.
White House representatives did not immediately return request for comment on the ethics watchdog's recommendation.
The release of the letter, which was dated Monday and released by House Oversight Democrats on Tuesday, coincides with what has been an especially tough 24 hours for the Trump administration.
Long-time Trump adviser General Flynn resigned from his post as National Security Adviser late Monday in light of a growing scandal over his contacts with Russia.
As CNN's Jeremy Diamond notes, Conway said in three separate television appearances on Tuesday that Flynn offered to resign. At a press briefing later in the day, Spicer said Trump asked Flynn to quit.