Ivanka Trump Keeps Wearing Her Company's Clothes and Shoes Despite Calls for Ethics Investigation

First daughter Ivanka Trump has continued to post photos to social media of herself wearing her brand’s apparel and shoes to work despite calls for an investigation into whether she has been violating federal ethics rules that prohibit government employees from using their public office for private gain.

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Trump last Thursday posted on Twitter and Instagram photos of herself at Team USA Awards wearing what the celebrity style tracking website Star Style identified as her brand's Beven pumps in black with a jeweled buckle. Earlier in April, Trump was spotted sporting what appeared to be her brand's Liah slingback pumps on her way to work as a senior White House adviser. 

On two separate occasions in mid-March, the first daughter was seen wearing what looked like her brand's Aleth slingback pumps and Tizzy pointed toe flats in black. On her way home from a trip to South Korea in late February, during which she met with the country's president, she wore more of her brand's products.

The sightings indicate that Trump has continued to wear her brand IT Collection LLC's products every month since the watchdog group Democracy Forward sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics in January demanding an investigation into whether she violated federal ethics rules by using her public role for private gain.

In addition, the letter queried whether she was coordinating with her company or third-party style publications to sell her products. The group, which scrutinizes executive branch activity, specifically cited Star Style as one of the publications that swiftly publicized Trump's products after she was pictured wearing them.

Trump “appears to be using her public role as a White House Advisor to promote the merchandise sold by her private business, the namesake fashion company from which she has refused to divest and continues to profit," stated the letter.

Though Trump handed daily operations of her company over to her top executive and transferred assets to a trust overseen by her husband Jared Kushner's relatives, she has not divested from it and continues to receive its profits. 

The Office of Government Ethics has not responded to the watchdog’s request.

"Ivanka Trump appears to believe that the rules don't apply to her,” Democracy Forward spokeswoman Charisma Troiano told Newsweek recently. “Her continued defiance of ethics rules and use of public office to promote her fashion line heightens the urgency of our request for the Office of Government Ethics investigate Ms. Trump for ethics violations."

Democracy Forward sent the letter after The Wall Street Journal revealed that Trump wore clothing for sale from her company in 46 of 68, or 68 percent, of photos she posted on her social media accounts between March and October.

“Ms. Trump—wittingly or not—is a walking billboard for her brand, and an example of the conflicts that arise when government employees have both public and private professional interests,” the report stated.

Trump at the time responded with an emailed statement: “If what motivated me was to grow my businesses and make money, I would have stayed in New York and done just that.”

IT Collection LLC did not respond to several requests for comment from Newsweek.

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