Trump’s daughter Ivanka was officially appointed as her father’s Special Assistant vowing to obey government ethics regulations. In response to her new position, many questions have been raised about how she might already be violating laws against nepotism.
Occupy Democrats reported:
Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) and Tom Carpenter (D-DE) have sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics asking how they will ensure Ivanka Trump complies with the ethics rules.
The Senators wrote to say that the First Daughter’s “increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role … [has] resulted in substantial confusion.”
“We write today,” the letter added, “to request information about the ethics rules that President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will be required to comply with.”
By making her role official but unpaid, the White House claims she is now legally bound to obey all government regulations, but some question if that is even possible.
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 role is a per se a violation of nepotism laws.
Trump has claimed that the 1967 nepotism law which prohibits any public official, from the President down to a low-level manager at a federal agency, from hiring or promoting a relative.
No wonder Senators like Elizabeth Warren are questioning whether or not Ivanka Trump can be trusted with a White House position. Considering Trump’s dirty track record, being cautious in this situation seems reasonable!