Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Email Scandal and Use of Family Members in White House

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Email scandal

The continued presence of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the White House constitutes both a legal liability and a political embarrassment for Trump.

There has been a large amount of public scrutiny over Jared kusner and Ivanka Trump’s use of private email accounts to conduct White House business.

Crooked Kushner - Does Donald Trump now call Jared Kushner crooked. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump caricature and cartoon APT

“Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business,” Abbe Lowell, Kusher’s lawyer, said in a statement on September 24. “Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account. These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.”

In response Kushner and Ivanka re-routed their personal email accounts to computers run by the Trump Organization, internet registration records show, this happened on either Sept. 26 or 27.

USA Today reports:

The move, made just days after Kushner’s use of a personal email account first became public, came shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller asked the White House to turn over records related to his investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates. It also more closely intertwines President Trump’s administration with his constellation of private businesses.

During the 2016 US Presidential election trump constantly chanted “Lock her up!” and called Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary”, this was in part to her use of private email accounts during her tenure as Secretary of State

Use of family members in White House

The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts.

In January 2017, a Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier legal memos erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, to take a senior adviser position in the White House.

The newly disclosed opinions, detail how Justice Department lawyers concluded for decades that such appointments of family members were illegal under an anti-nepotism law passed in 1967.

Whether or not this legal analysis holds up, President Trump’s hiring Kushner and Ivanka as advisors surely violates the intended purpose of the anti-nepotism statute. Originally passed after President Kennedy appointed his brother as attorney general, the statute manifestly aims to prevent the president from appointing family members to government positions. Allowing nepotism may even violate President Trump’s own Ethics Pledge.

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