With Donald Trump, you can pretty much assume that he’s going to involve his family in everything he’s doing. And when it comes to business, much like how his father helped him in the beginning, Trump giving jobs to his family is totally fine. Nepotistic? Sure, but totally legal, and whatever, most of us would if we could.
However, Trump’s latest appointment of Senior Adviser to the President may have just broken the law. Trump named his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband, and yes, he is considered family.
According to NBC News’ Peter Alexander:
BREAKING: Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be named Senior Advisor to the President, per senior transition official.
BREAKING: Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be named Senior Advisor to the President, per senior transition official. @NBCNews
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 9, 2017
However, here’s the thing — per the law:
“(b) 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. An individual may not be appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced in or to a civilian position in an agency if such appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement has been advocated by a public official, serving in or exercising jurisdiction or control over the agency, who is a relative of the individual.”
What’s the punishment? Well, according to Steve Vladeck from the University of Texas School of Law:
“While it’s true that the penalty for violation of the statute is just to withhold salary or other financial remuneration from the wrongfully appointed employee, there’s also the possibility that any action taken by such a wrongfully appointed employee could be subject to legal challenge and potentially even be voidable.”
So, will Trump and this appointment of Kushner be held accountable? Hopefully. However, looking at how Trump is able to get away with pretty much anything he wants, don’t hold your breath.
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