In a light, off-hand manner

Meanwhile back at the ordinary everyday White House – they’re still confused (or, more likely, pretending they’re confused). They think corruption is all about intent.

President Trump’s top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, acted “without nefarious motive” when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line during an interview last month, the White House said.
CNNMoney reported Wednesday that a letter from the White House to the Office of Government Ethics said a White House lawyer met with Conway to discuss the rules regarding endorsements by government employees.

“Upon completion of our inquiry, we concluded that Ms. Conway acted inadvertently and is highly unlikely to do so again,” says the letter, signed by Stefan C. Passantino, a White House deputy counsel for compliance and ethics, according to CNN.

“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 did not note any plans for disciplinary action against Conway.


That is not the issue. “She meant well.” “She was just standing up for poor dear Ivanka.” “She was just joking around.” It’s time for the White House people to grow up now. This is not school, it’s the grownup outside world where people have to follow certain rules, including job-related rules. Nobody cares what their mood was when they flouted the rules.

Presidents are forbidden to use their presidency to put extra money in their pockets. This naturally includes promoting their products on television, which naturally includes allowing their staff to promote their products on television. It doesn’t matter if they do it “without nefarious motive”; it matters only if they do it. They are not allowed to do it. Corruption is a no-no. I don’t know how much simpler it’s possible to make it.

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