The couple’s reported move with their three children seems to confirm expectations that Kushner will serve as an adviser to the President-elect in some capacity — though his exact role has yet to be determined.
A week after Trump’s election win, incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told NBC that Kushner is “going to be very involved in decision-making” during his father-in-law’s stint in the White House.
The 35-year-old was present with Trump during his first post-election victory White House visit and played a big hand throughout the billionaire’s campaign.
However, Kushner’s prospective senior position in the West Wing raises some legal red flags, and could potentially go against a decades-old federal anti-nepotism statute!
In 1967, congress passed an anti-nepotism law — largely believed to be a response to President John F. Kennedy‘s nomination of his brother Robert as attorney general — which could stand in the way of Trump officially employing his son-in-law in the White House.
The federal anti-nepotism statute states:
“A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.”
However, the incoming administration could still circumnavigate this law over it’s vague wording — specifically the definition of “agency” and whether it pertains to the White House under this statute.
Of course, Trump’s team also has another trick up their sleeves to argue their case — ironically involving Hillary Clinton!
Back in 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed his wife to chair the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, which led to a lawsuit that ruled the federal anti-nepotism statute does not appear to cover staff in the White House or in the Executive Office of the President.
Well, we don’t have to think twice whether Trump will use his election rival’s old role to hire his entire family in the White House…
Hope you have enough closet space in D.C., Ivanka!
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