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The Office of Government Ethics asked the White House to investigate counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka Trump's clothing line on TV. That was Monday.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, (R-Utah), asked the White House to answer questions about the president discussing sensitive national security information in public. That was Tuesday.

And just as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was wrapping his press briefing on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue that a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's discussions with Russia's ambassador to the United States is “highly likely.”

Count them: That's three probes into the White House and top aides that have surfaced in a 24-hour period already this week.

The legal team at the White House completed its review of Flynn and determined he didn't act illegally, and he resigned Monday night.

In a letter to White House Deputy Counsel Stefan Passantino, Office of Government Ethics Director Walter M. Shaub accused Conway of violating the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch when she appeared on “Fox & Friends” last week and encouraged viewers to “go buy Ivanka's stuff” at Nordstrom, after the retail chain announced it would no longer supply her clothing line.

“These facts, if true,” Shaub wrote, “would establish a clear violation of the prohibition against misuse of position.” He closed the letter requesting a White House investigation into Conway's comments and recommending disciplinary action against her. He asked Passantino for a response by February 28.

The White House faces that same deadline — February 28 — to answer Chaffetz's questions, which he posed after The New York Times reported that the president and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe coordinated their response to North Korea's ballistic missile test in front of civilians dining at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort Saturday night.

Chaffetz wrote:

“Discussions with foreign leaders regarding international missile tests, and documents used to support those discussions, are presumptively sensitive. While the President is always on duty, and cannot dictate the timing of when he needs to receive sensitive information about urgent matters, we hope the White House will cooperate in providing the Committee with additional information.”

In his briefing Tuesday, Spicer explained Trump and Abe talked only about the logistics for a press conference later than night, not about sensitive matters. But the White House will have to provide evidence of that to Chaffetz.

And note that these three probes are coming from Republicans and an independent agency — not Democrats.

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