Monday, January 09, 2017
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Donald Trump, is expected to join the White House as a senior adviser to the president, according to a person close to the transition. Trump relied heavily on Kushner's advice during the campaign. Ethics experts have raised questions about whether Kushner's role in the new administration will run up against a federal anti-nepotism law and how he will separate himself from his real estate business to avoid conflicts of interest. His appointment is expected to be formally announced later this week. Kushner, 35, is married to Ivanka Trump and has run his family's multibillion-dollar business over the past decade after his father pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges.
As Trump campaigned for president, Kushner played a key role, acting as an adviser and gatekeeper. Kushner, whose family has donated to pro-Israel causes, also played a role as a Middle East policy adviser.
Some ethics experts question whether a Kushner appointment would violate a federal anti-nepotism statute.
Though Kushner's company is focused primarily on development in New York and New Jersey, it has often relied on foreign investment, and its earnings could be influenced by Trump administration trade and foreign-relations policies.
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