Ivanka Trump Given Security Clearance, White House Office 0

{By David Iaconangelo,
The Christian Science Monitor}

President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will get an office in the White House’s West Wing, along with government-issued communications devices and access to classified information, giving new prominence to her background role as an advisor to the president.

Ms. Trump, whose husband, Jared Kushner, also serves as a senior advisor to the president, will not be paid for her work nor will she receive an official title, according to Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka. That means the decision skirts federal anti-nepotism laws preventing presidents from appointing relatives to paid government posts. But it does appear to set a new precedent for familial influence in the White House, given that neither one has prior experience in government – unlike, for instance, Robert Kennedy, appointed attorney general by his brother John F. Kennedy, or Hillary Clinton, who was tapped by Bill Clinton to lead health-care efforts.

Ms. Gorelick told the Associated Press that although Ms. Trump would not get an official role, she would follow ethics rules that apply to government employees.

“Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not,” she said. “The White House Counsel’s Office agrees with that approach.”

She also noted that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel had made clear, when opining that the president’s “special hiring authority” allowed him to appoint son-in-law Mr. Kushner to his West Wing staff, that the president could consult family members as private citizens, as Ms. Trump would be doing.

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