Donald Trump names son-in-law as adviser to president
President-elect Donald Trump announced on Monday that his son-in-law Jared Kushner will be his senior adviser. Jared Kushner’s attorney Jamie Gorelick confirmed that Kushner will resign from his positions at Kushner Companies, The Observer and his other organizations.
The Justice Department has been called upon by House of Judiciary Committee Democrats to review the appointment in light of the anti-nepotism statute.
“There is a strong case to be made that the White House is an “agency” for purposes of the anti-nepotism statute and that it would apply to bar Mr. Kushner’s appointment as a White House staff member.”
Kushner released a statement calling his appointment an honor. Kushner is bringing his business experience and political insight into the White House. Federal law prevents public officials from appointing relatives “to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction.”
Kushner has said he is committed to complying with federal ethics laws and has been speaking to the Office of Government Ethics. Kushner recently spoke to Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonough, while Trump spoke to President Obama.
Kushner first took a role in the president-elect’s campaign advising him on US-Israel policy, leading him to write the speech Trump delivered to AIPAC. Jared Kushner will not take a salary and will work with Trump’s commerce secretary Wilbur Ross. Kushner convinced Trump to take Chris Christie off the transition team.
President-elect Trump will address Kushner’s new role at a press conference on Wednesday. Kushner’s family has made deals with foreign companies, which complicates his role in the Trump administration.
Kushner has coordinated Trump’s contacts with foreign leaders and has been talking with foreign government officials on Trump’s behalf. Relatives have served in previous presidential administrations, including President Wilson, President Eisenhower, and President Kennedy’s administration.