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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The White House said Kellyanne Conway 'acted inadvertently' in saying 'buy Ivanka's stuff'

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Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway faced intense scrutiny after telling Fox News viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" last month in the wake of Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus pulling Ivanka Trump's clothing line from store shelves.

But a letter from the White House on Wednesday didn't say if Conway would face any disciplinary action, CNN Money reported. A letter signed by Stefan C. Passantino, a White House deputy counsel for compliance and ethics, said she "acted inadvertently and is highly unlikely to do so again."

"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 Office of Government Ethics said in a previous letter to the White House that there was "strong reason to believe" Conway violated ethical standards by promoting Ivanka's brand. Federal rules prohibit public employees from using their positions to endorse any product "or for the private gain of friends."

WATCH | Here's the now-infamous Conway moment.

Democrats on the House Oversight committee did not seem pleased.

...Federal employees would likely be suspended for engaging in this conduct, and White House officials should not be held to a different standard.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who wrote the OGE letter about Conway, said he hoped Trump would reconsider. The ethics committee can still recommend a penalty for Conway, but that recommendation would not be binding. 

Before Conway's comments, President Trump tweeted Ivanka had been treated unfairly.

Critics argued she had gotten off the hook.

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, 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)

According to the letter, Passantino met with Conway and warned her that her comments may have violated ethical standards. Conway "reiterated her commitment to abiding by them in the future." 

The White House said Kellyanne Conway 'acted inadvertently' in saying 'buy Ivanka's stuff'

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