Earlier this week it was announced that Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, would join her father and husband Jared Kushner as a member of the White House staff. On Tuesday, it was officially announced that Ivanka was being hired as “Special Assistant to the President,” whatever the hell that means.
Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Carpenter (D-DE) have co-written a letter to the Office of Government Ethics asking how they plan on verifying that Ivanka Trump complies with the ethics rules laid out for all White House staff.
Warren and Carpenter wrote that Ivanka’s “increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role … [has] resulted in substantial confusion.”
“We write today,” they added, “to request information about the ethics rules that President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will be required to comply with.”
Here is a copy of the entire letter:
Most familiar with the ethical laws in place in this situation, like Norman Eisen, who was an ethics lawyer for the Obama administration, said that both he and a former ethics lawyer for George W. Bush believe Ivanka’s new role is in violation of nepotism laws.
“My view,” Eisen told CNN, ” … is that the nepotism statute does apply to the White House. For decades the Justice Department held yes, the nepotism statute applies to the White House.”
Fmr. WH ethics czar: My view is that the nepotism statute does apply to the WH, but reasonable minds can disagree https://t.co/yFL70Bwai8
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 30, 2017
“President Trump got an opinion from the Justice Department that the nepotism statute doesn’t apply to his White House. We don’t agree with that opinion.”
Trump of course is no stranger to the belief that the rules do not apply to him. He’s already violated the nepotism rule specifically when he hired Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, as a White House advisor.