Report: Trump Son-In-Law Likely To Get Top White House Job

AP

Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner may receive a senior position in the next administration, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

According to the newspaper, Kushner would most likely serve as a senior adviser or special counsel.

Kushner, a real estate heir and owner of The New York Observer, made himself an indispensable part of Trump’s presidential campaign, choosing event venues, approving Trump’s travel plans, and helping direct staffing choices. He currently serves on Trump’s transition team alongside his wife Ivanka and the President-elect’s two other adult children, Eric and Donald Jr.

Trump is forbidden by a federal anti-nepotism law from appointing any of his children to a job in any government “agency,” though the Journal notes that it’s unclear if the law applies to the White House. The Journal said that Kushner would try to address these concerns by refusing pay for any work done for his father-in-law’s administration.

Kushner would still face serious conflicts of interest with his real estate business if he accepted a White House role. According to the Journal, his lawyers are exploring options including creating a blind trust over which Kushner would have no control or access and an agreement to refuse any income from his real-estate and media holdings.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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