Thursday, November 17, 2016

Donald Trump's First 100 Days (AM Edition): "How Nepotism Law Might Affect Jared Kushner and Trump's White House" - UPDATED

The possibility that president-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, could assume a senior advisory role in the White House, has raised a number of legal and ethical questions about the role of family members in the epicenter of presidential power.

Such an appointment -– in a formal or informal capacity -– would occur within a legal gray area of the federal 'anti-nepotism' statute, according to several ethics experts consulted by ABC News.

The Trump campaign has repeatedly insisted that Kushner has not yet applied for any formal role in a Trump White House, though Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told "Good Morning America" Thursday that Trump "wants [Kushner] to be an adviser to him, which he will continue to be."

ABC News reported Wednesday that Trump's transition team requested security clearance for Kushner the day after Trump received his first presidential daily brief, though Conway said no "formal" request has yet been made.

“It’s appropriate for whoever’s going to get the presidential daily briefing to have a security clearance,” she said. “It’s not just appropriate, necessary.” Read More

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