White House: Kellyanne Conway acted 'without nefarious motive' when plugging Ivanka Trump's clothing line

The White House responded on Wednesday to top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway's plug for Ivanka Trump's product line, concluding that Conway acted "without nefarious motive."

President Trump's administration sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics, saying Conway met with a White House lawyer following the incident, according to CNN.

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"Upon completion of our inquiry, we concluded that Ms. Conway acted inadvertently and is highly unlikely to do so again," White House deputy counsel for compliance and ethics Stefan C. Passantino wrote in the letter.

"It is noted that Ms. Conway made the statement in question in a light, off-hand manner while attempting to stand up for a person she believed had been unfairly treated and did so without nefarious motive or intent to benefit personally," the letter reads.

The letter makes no mention of any disciplinary actions.

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The Office of Government Ethics had previously sent a letter to the Trump administration about the incident. Ethics office director Walter Shaub wrote that there was "there is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct Act and that disciplinary action is warranted."

On Feb. 9, the president's top counselor told Americans during an interview on FOX News to go out and support first daughter Ivanka Trump's clothing line. Conway told viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" in response to Nordstrom's announcement that they will no longer carry Trump's line in their department stores.

The segment generated an onslaught of comments about potential ethics violations. A federal law prohibits public officials from using their office for their own private gain or the private gain of others.

Conway reportedly apologized to President Trump following the negative feedback for her televised plug, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer later revealed she had "been counseled" on the matter.

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