Jared Kushner Can Serve in Trump White House: DOJ

The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel addressed new US President in an official document published on the day of his inauguration.

The Justice Department's evaluation points to a 1995 ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a powerful federal appeals court, which found that the White House should not be considered an "executive agency" within the meaning of the law.

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.

Since his victory on November 8, Trump has insisted that Kushner should be present during daily presidential briefings, despite not having security clearances necessary.

Moreover, the law recognizes a distinction between hiring a relative in the White House and in another agency of the executive branch.

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The law specifically identifies the president as one of the "public officials" the law applies to and a "son-in-law" as a prohibited relative.

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".

Trump's endorsement of Kushner for Middle East peace negotiator follows a series of statements in which Trump expressed confidence in Kushner's abilities in that capacity.

Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who married Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, was named by the president a senior White House adviser, his transition team announced earlier this month.

Kushner, 35, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, is taking the post after receiving legal counsel that doing so would not violate US anti-nepotism law, transition officials said. In 1977, for instance, the Office of Legal Counsel found that President Jimmy Carter's son couldn't serve as an unpaid assistant to a member of the White House staff. President John Kennedy picked his brother Robert as attorney general, while President Bill Clinton put his wife, Hillary, largely in charge of a failed campaign to overhaul the nation's health care system. Kushner has said that he will divest from some of his assets.

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