How Hillary Clinton Helped Trump Deter Anti-Nepotism Laws for Jared Kushner
President elect Donald Trump is not winning over the American public according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University (QU). Fifty-four percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of Trump’s transition into the presidency, while President Obama is leaving “the White House a lot more popular than Donald Trump is.”
Forty-five percent of Americans said Trump “will be a worse president than Barack Obama, and only 12% say Trump “will be a great president”.
A large part of Trump’s problem is his disregard for the laws in the US and his unethical cabinet filled with “swamp creatures”.
For example, Jared Kushner, husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, has just been named senior adviser to the president.
Kushner is known as being “the last word with the president-elect before a major decision is made”, according to his lawyer; but he is also the CEO of Kushner Companies which owns several millions in real estate, and the owner of The Observer, a media company that is known for publishing National Enquirer-style articles.
But it’s not just Kushner’s financial conflicts of interest that is most disturbing to Congressman John Conyers – it’s the fact that there are already laws barring Kushner from becoming the president elect’s senior adviser.
Conyers said: “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.”
Kathleen Clark, government ethic expert at Washington University, explained that the US has “anti-nepotism laws in the federal government and in lots of state governments, because the practice of hiring relatives undermines public confidence that the government official is actually finding best person for the job.”
With Kushner, the Trump team is hoping that a 1993 DC Circuit Court ruling will give them the leeway needed to get Jared into the president elect’s cabinet.
This ruling came about because then President Bill Clinton wanted to appoint the First Lady, Hillary Clinton, “to lead health care reform efforts in his administration.”
Twenty-six years prior to that case, former President Lyndon Johnson signed an anti-nepotism bill into law in 1967 in response to the late President JFK’s appointment of his brother Robert Kennedy to the position of Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice (DoJ).
Under President Clinton, 2 federal appeals judges in DC decided that that rule did not apply to White House staff; and Trump is hoping this appeal will be the legal precedent that allows Kushner into his administration as senior adviser to the president.
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