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Morning Joe's Mika Bans Kellyanne From Show: 'Not Credible Anymore'

Presidential adviser Stephen Miller | Brendan Smialowski  AFP via Getty Images Presidential adviser Stephen Miller | Brendan Smialowski AFP via Getty Images
Garry Little | 16 February, 2017, 00:51

"I recommend that the White House investigate Ms. Conway's actions and consider taking disciplinary action against her", OGE Director William Shaub wrote in the letter, which was posted Tuesday by Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight.

Because Conway's intentions were supposedly to come to the defense of POTUS's daughter, whose merchandise was dropped by Nordstrom, doesn't make a bit of difference. Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, lodged complaints with the OGE on February 9. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, and Conway both defended Trump's action.

The office is responsible for preventing conflicts of interest by officers and employees of the government's executive branch.

Government watchdog groups said that they have little expectation that Trump will levy any punishment, noting that Conway was following his example of publicly promoting private products.

"We can only hope that the Trump White House responds positively to the call to discipline Kellyanne Conway for her transgressions - statements that never would have been made had she subjected herself to the most elementary standards".

'Ms. Conway's actions track that exacmple nearly exactly, ' the head of the watchdog agency pointed out.

But the retailers' decision did not sit well with President Trump, who accused Nordstrom in a tweet last week of treating his daughter "so unfairly".

Brzezinski said Conway has tried to get booked on Morning Joe, but she won't appear on the show in the future. These facts, if true, would establish a clear violation of the prohibition against misuse of position ...

He noted: "Only in the event that this informal process fails to resolve the matter does the law authorize OGE to recommend disciplinary action".

Shaub told the lawmakers that the agency "will take the actions you request in your letter".

However, neither OGE nor Congress can force the White House to take disciplinary action against Conway.

"She's not credible anymore", said Brzezinski, adding, "I will say Kellyanne Conway does not need to text our show, as long as I'm on it, because it's not happening here".

He said Ms Conway's remarks closely mirrored that example of what not to do.

While the OGE's limited power means it can do little to censure Conway directly, the White House did announce she had been legally "counseled".

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