Trump son-in-law Kushner to get top White House role

January 9, 2017 20:26

WASHINGTON -- Jared Kushner will be named a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, his father-in-law, in the coming days, senior presidential transition officials confirmed on Monday.

Lawyers to the president-elect have discovered a way for Kushner, who married the president-elect's daughter, Ivanka Trump, in 2009, to work in the West Wing without violating anti-nepotism laws that bar politicians from advancing the careers of their family members.

Federal anti-nepotism law states that "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."

But precedent has been laid for Kushner by Trump's former rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won a court case in the 1990s in her fight to chair a national task force on health care reform for her husband, then-president Bill Clinton. That case found that the White House was not under the jurisdiction of anti-nepotism laws.

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