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Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager, winks as she answers a question from a member of the media as she leaves Trump Tower, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Kellyanne Conway said to 'go buy Ivanka's stuff.' That might have been illegal.

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UPDATE 2:22 p.m.:

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee called Conway's promotion of Ivanka Trump's fashion line "clearly over the line" and "unacceptable." 

No disciplinary action has been announced.

UPDATE 2:05 p.m.:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Conway has been "counseled" after telling Americans to "buy Ivanka's stuff" on air.


Spicer offered no further details. 

ORIGINAL STORY: 

President Trump's advisor Kellyanne Conway weighed in on the growing feud between Trump and Nordstrom over its decision to stop selling Ivanka Trump's fashion line.

However, doing so might have violated federal rules, Business Insider reports

In a "Fox & Friends" interview Thursday morning, Conway said, "Go buy Ivanka's stuff." 

Here's the clip.

But government ethics experts said she probably crossed a line.

Federal officials are strictly forbidden from endorsing a business or product.

And, as some pointed out, Conway's salary is paid by taxpayer dollars.

Federal ethics rules read: "An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity."

Nordstrom and other clothing retailers have insisted that they dropped Ivanka's line due to declining sales, not to make a political statement. However, President Trump criticized Nordstrom in a tweet, saying Ivanka was being treated unfairly.

Kellyanne Conway said to 'go buy Ivanka's stuff.' That might have been illegal.

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