However, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel reportedly published a memo today stating that President Trump did not violate any anti-nepotism laws with his appointment.
The opinion relied on a different statute that says the president can appoint employees to the White House “without regard to any other provision of law regulating the employment or compensation of persons in the Government service”.”Jared is such a good kid and he’ll make a deal with Israel that no one else can – you know he’s a natural, he’s a great deal, he’s a natural – you know what I was talking about, natural – he’s a natural deal-maker – everyone likes him”, Trump said in an interview earlier this month in The Times of London and Bild.Kushner, 35, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, is taking the post after receiving legal counsel that doing so would not violate USA anti-nepotism law, transition officials said. Kushner has previously been a senior member on Trump’s campaign team and will now work alongside Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is the founder of far-right media outlet Breitbart.”Consequently, even if the anti-nepotism statute prevented the president from employing relatives in the White House as advisers, he would remain free to consult those relatives as private citizens”, it said.
UAE welcomes lifting of partial United States sanctions on Sudan
The United States layered on more sanctions in 2006 for what it said was complicity in the violence in Sudan’s Darfur region. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was based in Khartoum from 1992 to 1996.
Late on Monday, a group of six Democrats on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said they had written to the Justice Department and U.S. Office of Government Ethics asking them to review concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest arising from Kushner’s appointment.Kushner’s role came under scrutiny for potential conflicts of interests, and the Justice Department was requested to issue a definitive ruling on the matter. Allowing the president to formalize the relationship by naming relatives to White House staff positions means they are subject to other rules and restrictions placed on federal employees.”Congress has not blocked, and most likely could not block, the president from seeking advice from family members in their personal capacities”, the department wrote in its 14-page opinion.Trump has yet to announce his nominee to lead the Office of Legal Counsel.Following his appointment, Kushner said he was “energized by the shared passion of the (president) and the American people.”.