ALL IN THE FAMILY: Trump Son-In-Law Jared Kushner To Be Senior Adviser Despite Anti-Nepotism Laws

CNN reports:

Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be senior adviser to the president, a senior transition official told CNN Monday. The 35-year-old businessman-turned-political strategist played a key part in his father-in-law’s presidential campaign and his new position is expected to test the limit of federal anti-nepotism rules.

The move comes ahead of a Wednesday news conference in which Trump is expected to detail how he plans to manage his company’s potential conflicts-of-interest after he enters the White House. Trump is expected to make clear in the presser that Ivanka Trump, Kushner’s wife, will not be running Trump’s company.

Kushner is related to the President-elect by marriage, but a 1967 law specifies “son-in-law” as a type of relative covered by the regulations. Even as the Trump transition is expected to announce how Kushner’s appointment won’t violate anti-nepotism laws, Kushner, who owns his own real estate development firm, has continued to chase deals that raise questions about conflicts of interest.

Kushner met with a powerful Chinese business magnate in the week after his father-in-law’s election as he sought to finalize a deal for the purchase of one of his most prized properties on Fifth Avenue, the New York Times reported, raising ethical questions.

  • hdtex
    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Only if Senate Dems have the courage …
      Hillary was put thru 13 stupid hearings & Dems “almost” walk out on the last one

      • Frostbite

        Yeah that isn’t going to happen.

    • karen in kalifornia

      Yeah, with no Repugs to take the lead. Will never happen no matter how much deserved.

      • pj

        dont be so sure. this will effect the election in 2 years.

    • FlKeysKevin

      It depends on whether the White House is considered an agency.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    WTF!!! Are rules going to be ignored? He is not legally able to President at this point. If our Goverment is still functioning then impeachment proceedings must start the evening of 1/20/2017.

    This is bullshit! You know the RepubliCONs are going to do shit about it too.
    Oh my! Bill got a blowjob. IMPEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Trump is in violation of a million rules and laws. Meh.

    • bill weber

      then we get Pence…

      • Michael R

        I wonder if there’s anything in place to keep Trump from operating through Pence while he goes back to ” business ” . Creepy .

      • HanyBaal

        At least we wouldn’t be under the thumb of Russia IN ADDITION to being under the Right’s yoke.

  • Robert Adams

    Now if they only had the Kennedy family level of class.

    • Philly Mike

      Hey, they only shared hookers and a mistress.

      Just asking isn’t the Kennedys why the nepotism rules were put in place?

      • GayOldLady

        It is!

      • Robert Adams

        I believe so. But rules don’t apply to Republicans, as we know.

  • Helen Damnation 🍑™

    More of Trump’s “In-Your-Face” that will inevitably bring his impeachment. And then there was Pence…

    • MichaelJ

      I wish I could believe that impeachment is inevitable.

  • Paula

    This shit is getting unbelievable. You know all of his voters don’t see anything wrong with and agree with him.

    • Giant Monster Gamera

      They won. That’s all that matters.

      • TimCA

        And keeping that power at any cost. That’ll matter even more.

        I’m frightened for democracy’s future

        • tamiasmin

          I’m frightened for its present. It was democracy (of sorts) that got us here.

          • Steverino

            Democracy’s Achilles Heel was exposed in this election.

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      • Gerry Fisher

        this. They think it’s like rooting for your football team and vilifying the opposing team. They aren’t aware that “this isn’t a game.”

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      please, the more Tramp camp in DC, the more his supporters cheer up. They’re still buying all of his empty promises

      Until their health care’s taken away & their economic situation remains the same…

      • Gustav2

        Heh, even the Washington Examiner is giving the R’s grief:

        Philip Klein has an important piece on the politics of Obamacare repeal in The Washington Examiner. It’s dressed up with a lot of digs at the law and the promises which were made on its behalf – not all of which are unfair. But the key point he makes is very much on the mark. Republicans are going to have a very hard time with Obamacare repeal as long as they claim that no one will lose their coverage in the process.

        Klein puts it this way.

        “Republicans are in serious danger of repeating Obama’s mistake, because they are having a tough time stating a simple truth, which goes something like this: “We don’t believe that it is the job of the federal government to guarantee that everybody has health insurance.”

        Trump, Ryan, Conway and many others have gone on the record saying some version of this claim: No one will lose their coverage in Obamacare repeal.

        http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/obamacare-s-barbed-hook

      • Jerry

        I’m actually betting on their economic situation to get much worse…no good-paying jobs and the social safety net in tatters.

    • GayOldLady

      His LGBT supporters are going to be among the first to change their minds. Followed quickly by his supporters of color, then WOMEN. All WOMEN OF ALL COLORS.

      • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I dont think his LGBT crowd supported him for LGBT-related issues so I’m not sure why they’d be the first to flip
        Moreover, Tramp doesnt care about LGBT one way or another so he won’t lift a finger. His people, like Mike Pence, are different story

        • GayOldLady

          Actually, tRump was opposed to marriage equality. Although he said on 60 minutes he thought marriage equality was settled law, every person on his list of possible SCOTUS appointments has opposed Marriage Equality. So, maybe the LGBT people who support tRump think they’re money or their position or their social circle keeps them above it all, but it doesn’t.

        • GayOldLady

          and I like the name “Tramp”, I might borrow it from you. 🙂

        • Giant Monster Gamera

          The LGBT supporters in the media, such as Drudge and Hoft, live in “safe” urban areas or states with local protections, where they are unlikely to feel any pain.

          The LGBT Trump supporters that I’ve come into contact with online and in person are, to be totally honest, assholes who deserve what happens to them. The majority of them seem to be bitter loners that blame the rest of us for their misfortunes.

          • Todd20036

            Indeed. I am a stereotypical Trump supporter.
            I live in DC – serious LBGT protections.
            I make over 100 grand.
            I’m White.

            But then it stops. Mostly because, I am empathetic. I care about others, and realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to live in “safe havens”.

    • Frostbite

      Considering half of them think it’s ok to marry your sister, what the problem with hiring your son-in-law?

      • Rolf

        They might have some feelings about him being Jewish.

        • David Walker

          I was thinking the same thing, but nothing else has bothered the goobs. They seem to be back to their “who gives a fuck” attitude toward the gummint.

        • JCF

          “At least he doesn’t LOOK LIKE ‘one of them’!”

    • Rolf

      I know, it seems like at least daily I’m saying WTF how is he getting away with this in broad daylight?
      I know it sounds dramatic, but I’m actually in shock this is happening, and especially at the ease with which it is happening. It just doesn’t seem possible the American government has been hijacked by this shitgibbon and his cronies.
      It’s like someone calmly putting on lipstick while their hair is on fire.

      • Gustav2

        “It’s like someone calmly putting on lipstick while their hair is on fire.” lol

        When hubby was attending Beauty School in the 1970’s, on his second day with clients, a mother and daughter came in to have their hair done for the daughter’s wedding that day. (I know, it gets better)

        As the hubby was working on the back combing and teasing for the mother’s up-do, with much of her hair sprayed hair in her face, the mother lit a cigarette and…you guessed it.

        After beating the woman’s head to put out the fire the hubby called the supervisor over, walked out and was so traumatized he never went back.

        My Beauty School Dropout.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          That would have made an awesome video

      • another_steve

        He might get away it. Apparently, the “anti-nepotism law” at issue may not, according to some analysts, apply to White House staffers.

        As I understand it, the law goes back to the days when President Kennedy appointed his brother Robert to be Attorney General and was meant to prevent high-level appointments of family families at that level of government.

        • Gustav2

          I have read it only applies to cabinet positions, etc.

          • another_steve

            Right. The courts might very well rule it doesn’t apply to White House staff.

            It’ll stink high-heaven, but the Sexual Predator-Elect doesn’t care about appearances. That should be obvious to anyone who’s been following him since he entered the Republican primary.

            He’s not interested in governing or in maintaining “the dignity of the office.”

            Being President is the Mother-of-All business opportunities for him and for his family.

          • The_Wretched

            It depends how you read the orbita in the Hillary Clinton health care case. It’s not cut and dry.

            That said, appointing kushner looks awfully like nepotism.

      • I agree Rolf…I’m not surprised that this whole thing was a gambit to make the family more money, but no one in official Washington seems to give a big rats ass that’s it’s going on…and he’s realized that. Not even trying to hide it anymore.

    • Todd20036

      They’re claiming the Kennedys did this

    • MSW

      when he gets in office and is actually breaking laws and starting wars, hopefully he’ll be stopped………….or maybe he’ll just drop dead………there’s always that.

    • Chuck in NYC

      The New Yorker profile of Kellyanne last fall had some interesting nuggets about others in the Trump campaign, including an anonymous insider who was quoted called Jared something like a snaky motherf*cker. And that is how I’ve thought about Kushner ever since.

    • David Walker

      “Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?” Will Rogers

    • Veylon

      If it makes the other side upset, that’s all that matters. I’d be madder about it, but I remember an awful lot of pictures of “Conservatives’ Tears” floating around here. All I manage right now is a kind of resigned disgust.

  • Gustav2

    Remember a long time ago in a galaxy far far away when Republicans screamed when a president’s family member spearheaded a policy and legislative issue?

    Oh, I forgot, when it is a Clinton…

    • Joe in PA

      And she wasn’t getting a salary. Apparently their is wide flexibility for “advisors” and the like. Sigh.

      • You know what, I actually don’t object to his appointments. A President should be able to have whoever he wants as an advisor. The salaries aren’t bad, but they aren’t rich kid money either. What I do object to is knowing all the scandals are about to start rolling in, and a Republican Congress that’s going to look the other way (as they already are).

        But, what does scare the crap out of me. A leader, with deep ties to Russia, surrounds himself with only family and sycophants, and even keeps his personal private security palace guard…where have we seen this behavior before?

    • Giant Monster Gamera

      The takeaway from all of this is that other than obtaining and keeping raw power, Republicans have no core ideology other than they’re against something when it benefits the Democrats and for it when a Republican benefits.

    • Snarkaholic

      Or a Kennedy.

  • Piercedchrlz

    Laws are no longer in fashion, comrade.

  • Lawerence Collins
    • Natty Enquirer

      “Marshmallow.” Good satire must be bulletproof.

      • Snarkaholic

        Marsh? More like Swamp.

        • Snarkaholic

          Oops…I misspelled Sewer.

  • Rex

    Don’t let him get away with it. Trump is going to test the limits on a daily basis thinking nothing applies to him. Show him it does apply. I have little to no faith left in the Federal Government, and if they let Trump ride roughshod over the laws there’s no telling what he’ll do.

    • Natty Enquirer

      “They” are the Republicans who are happy to ignore the law while they hold the White House and the Congress. As they have amply demonstrated over the past several years, their only allegiance is to their party. Let the rich get richer and the United States be damned.

    • The_Wretched

      Sadly, lack of confidence in FEDGOV is the point. The christianist (dominionists, sharia-US-style) people want to argue that the FEDGOV is crap and replace it with a christian theocracy.

      • Jeffg166

        Which version of Christianity?

        • The_Wretched

          The one Ted Cruz follows. The dominionists are a branch of the fundamentalist evangelicals.

          • Jeffg166

            You mean the heretics?

          • The_Wretched

            They have the one true church (TM), it’s the rest of us who are heretics.

          • Jeffg166

            Yes, but which one true church? There so many of them.

  • Pffft. Laws are for the little people.

  • geoffalnutt

    He really has no idea what the fuck he’s doing…and he just doesn’t care.

  • JTC

    This is coming from a guy who bragged about not paying his taxes and had numerous lawsuits against him. Y’all expect him to give a flying fuck about laws now?

    • AJ Drew

      aaaand… those tax forms? Hmm.

  • Lazycrockett
  • GayOldLady

    The lawless bastard is going to kill us all.

    • Bared Bear

      That may be his intention… or Putin’s. It’s easier to take over a country if there’s no people.

      • Todd20036

        Not if its irradiated.

        • William

          The neutron bomb was designed to kill the people while leaving infrastructure intact, with a short lived variety of radioactivity.

      • KarenAtFOH

        They need a compliant population to work and make them rich.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      first one I saw today 🙂

      • GayOldLady

        🙂 But it wasn’t the first time I thought it and it wasn’t the last time I thought it. This is one very, scary man-boy.

  • FAEN

    Laws? Oh yeah I remember those.

    • The_Wretched

      Quaint notions of a time since past.

  • The_Wretched

    Post-law. In theory, trump will be president. In reality, it’s trump, ivanka, her husband and uday and queefa.

  • Michael R
    • pj

      operative word: steal

  • Lazycrockett
    • pj

      wow. never saw that coming. guess the money will keep flowing to trump inc.

      • William

        His loans get extended longer.

        • pj

          im starting to think gifts.

  • Michael R

    If you could go back in time and kill baby Donald Trump would you ?

    https://s24.postimg.org/sptl1prhh/bush_baby_trump.png

    • Lazycrockett

      I would when he started making headlines in the 80’s.

    • Bared Bear

      His brother and those that put him there made this election stealing possible… the fuckers paved the way.

    • Kelly Lape

      It’s not like it would matter if Der Pumpkin Fuehrer were to die. The GOP owns all three branches. We are seriously fucked.

    • Earl

      The same problem applies. One man can only do a lot of damage if he’s got the support of a lot of people behind him. Trump on his own is mostly harmless, now that he has the power of the state…

      We’re going to envy the dead.

  • boobert

    The fact that people are okay with this is nuts!

    • Todd20036

      Not people. Republicans. Makes more sense.

  • SoCalGal20

    OT but Mitch McConnell’s office is hanging up on people when they call to complain about hearings going forward without nominees being fully vetted. So the obvious thing to do is keep calling!

    • Lazycrockett

      I wonder if you have the number laying around.

    • AJ Drew

      Registered letters work better… proof they received your discontent.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        But that takes weeks because of having to go through the anthrax detector. Post cards, zip through.

    • and the recording lists his business hours (and claiming a higher than normal call volume)…..but no voicemail option.

  • Bared Bear

    I keep wondering if the few “sane” republicans who are going to be left out in the cold from this house that they helped build will come whining… asking for us to help them defeat the orange menace and his empire. They’ll expect democrats and liberals to lift them up by making us get down on our knees… because ‘merika! or some such bullshit.

  • Bared Bear

    Makes me want to convert all my savings to gold and live under a hill for the coming nuclear winter.

    • William

      We have an old bathtub in a far corner of the yard.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        We had one on the farm that we buried, then filled with goldfish.
        Racoon buffet.

        • William

          In our backyard is a large pond, nearly a half acre when full. We put goldfish from the pond at our old house in there. After a warm, wet spring there were thousands. Cranes and egrets stop by to snack on fish and frogs. All the area turtles have also moved in. I could do without the water moccasins thought.

          • pj

            sounds like animal husbandry run amok

          • William

            It’s fun to watch the goats looking at the turtles. They aren’t sure what those things are.

      • TampaDink

        If you can find a matching bathtub for your yard….you’ll ready to star in your own Cialis commercial. ;-p

        • William

          If it comes with a prescription for Cialis, I’m in.

          • TampaDink

            My damned heart condition that makes me ineligible for these types of drugs.

          • Gianni

            Try Caverject.

          • TampaDink

            Intriguing….until I got to the part of drug interactions. Warfarin/Coumadin. My blood thinned to the theraputic level to keep my artificial valve operational supersedes reliable boners.

  • whollyfool

    Does anyone remember when Bill Clinton was president and people were worried Hillary Clinton would have too much power in the White House? What if Bill had just named her an advisor?

    • Giant Monster Gamera

      The difference is that Hillary didn’t have a penis, preferably a white one.

  • Bared Bear

    It’s my dream that in a few months time, the orange dude will be sharing a bunk with Snowden as a refugee.

    • Todd20036

      Dude, you have some sick dreams.
      Or I do.

    • KarenAtFOH

      In a few months, anyone who opposes him will be a refugee.

  • Kelly Lape

    The initial dislike of Hillary was based on Bill having won the election not his wife.

    Of course it’s okay if they do it. In fact all you have to know if you’re curious as to which laws the GOP is breaking, is listen to what the accuse the Democrats of doing… it is 100% guaranteed the GOP is doing it and doesn’t give a fuck if you know.

  • karen in kalifornia

    “We don’t need no stinkin’ laws. ” Says Trump and family always.

  • William

    Didn’t Julie Nixon have to have congressional approval to marry that Eisenhower boy?

  • clouds 9

    This is the new murikka. No need for truth or rules.

  • clouds 9

    No, he will not get impeached. This s the new murikka. No need for truth or rules.

  • In other news —

    Christian Show Host: Gay People Should Be “Disqualified” From Teaching Due To Their “Immorality”

    https://disqus.com/home/discussion/friendlyatheist1/christian_show_host_gay_people_should_be_8220disqualified8221_from_teaching_due_to_their_8220immoral/

    • SoCalGal20

      Did we just time jump back to 1978?

    • CSATejano

      more fake news from you

  • Tallulah

    Once Twitler takes office, I will stop following the rules.

  • 604brian

    It just stymies me that the group who voted Don Jong Trump into office, are the same people who are constantly paranoid about the power and misuse of government. Yet they keep justifying all of his appointments..
    Sad thing is, this government will continue to underfund education and keep a huge part of the US populace as idiots.

  • Bared Bear

    Make America Great Again!*

    *… for the robber barons.

  • Halou

    The rules exist to stop this, but the Congress in charge of actually enforcing them is subdued.

    • IamM

      You misspelled “complicit”.

  • Acronym Jim

    The upside to this is wondering what nefarious plot Chris Christie is hatching upon hearing this news.

    • canoebum

      Christie is crying in his beer. He wakes up every morning praying that Bruce Springsteen won’t write a song about him.

  • Tor

    Are the neo-Nazis ok with this?

    • AJ Drew

      Curious, isn’t it?

  • JWC

    there are laws then there are Republican laws then there are Trump laws

    • AJ Drew

      Yup, apparently even “written law” depends on who is at the top. Even if they are not yet POTUS.

  • Earl

    I think this is all the confirmation that most of us would need to give merit to those scurrilous rumors going around about Donald Trump being the second president to suffer from dementia.

    The family’s rallying around to try and hide the problem. Happened with Ronald too.

    But Ronny wasn’t nearly this obvious about being totally fucking nuts.

    • AJ Drew

      DT is crazy, but not clinically demented. Even so, either way, Ronnie had Nancy… DT has Melania, and um, Nancy loved Ronnie. Melania… hmm.

      • How do you know he’s not? He seems both unhinged from reality and also incapable of retaining even the simplest of new information.

        • AJ Drew

          I have not had the chance to examine him personally, but from afar, he’s able to type and interact, and though *how* he does so makes me believe he’s not mentally well… it does show that he’s not demented. It’s a fine-line and ultimately doesn’t matter given that a mentally-unwell person is about to assume POTUS status, agreed?

  • Texndoc

    The son in law is the reason Chris Christie was shown the door, right. Christie put his dad in prison.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    SWAMP!!!

  • AJ Drew

    It is increasingly difficult to maintain polite comments. Ahem. SO… DT’s Breitbart-influenced cabinet appointees hate, um, everyone not white and pretend-xtian (really atheists, but meh,) and yet… DT’s most loved daughter converted to Judaism and son-in-law Kushner (no nepotism there, not at all, despite actual laws on record saying it *is*,) gets a Presidential post. Hmm. Where’s the teabagger outrage? Oh, right, they are all protesting to remove their own only chance at health insurance. Yikes.

  • Ninja0980

    As long as the blacks, gays and others get what’s coming to them, Trump voters won’t give a damn about any corruption from him.
    This was an election about bigotry and hate, simple as that.

    • canoebum

      Exactly. All the post-mortem nonsense on the DNC, the emails, the Russians, Comey, all that misses the point. Der Herr got voted in because he promoted race hatred, especially of Latino immigrants and Muslims. Plain and simple. To our everlasting shame, that is who many of our neighbors are, and exactly what they believe.

      • paganguy

        Oh no, I’ve had a couple already tell me that, though they voted for Trump, it wasn’t because of *that*. And that, he didn’t mean those things really. Which I thought odd, since he ran on a platform of meaning what he said.

      • Ninja0980

        That was the mentality of the folks I interacted with in rural Upstate NY when I had to go up there a couple of months ago.
        If all the people they hate could get it stuck to them, that’s all that mattered.

    • AJ Drew

      “get what’s coming to them,” is so coy. At this moment, I’m over being coy. The anti-Obama league wants “us” to whither and go away. They won’t outright kill us. But, like at DT’s rallies, if “something” happens, well…

  • A law is meaningful only if there are prosecutions when the law is broken.

    The barking yam and his party, the Republicans, will break any and all laws with impunity, knowing now that nobody will stop them as long as they control all of the levers of power. This entire Administration will be defined by conflicts of interest and an insatiable appetite for total plunder.

    We’ll be lucky if there’s a country even left after they’re done with it.

    • AJ Drew

      more importantly… are there prosecutors willing to uphold current laws and prosecute those “above” them. That gets a bit icky given “blue-laws” still on the books in some places, which could (will?) work against “us,” but…

  • Brian in Valdosta

    “… his new position is expected to test the limit of federal anti-nepotism rules.”

    I love that quote. I guess that Charles Manson was just “testing the limits” of, you know, the laws against taking prisoners and murdering them.

  • pch1013

    Pepe the Frog could not be reached for comment.

  • Mark

    Wonder if any democrats will have the guts to stand up to it ?

    • MSW

      chuck schumer seems pretty good

      • TrollopeReader

        when he’s not beholden to Israel …

      • TuuxKabin

        Good for what?

  • Surrounding himself with his family as his advisors, wants to keep his personal private security people as his palace guard…now where have we seen behavior like this before?

    • David Walker

      What makes it different is that our elected asshole wants his daughter to be first lady.

  • Gianni

    When are we going to learn? When Trump says that whatever he does doesn’t violate this, that, or the other law, then it’s legal. Plus, Kellyannie will back him up on that! What more do we need?

  • twb6yz

    Prediction – Chris Christie gets final revenge for all the humiliation heaped by Jared Kishner once Kushner is prosecuted and convicted.

  • JCF

    [To paraphrase Herod Antipas, Mark 6:23] “Share with me your wife, and I’ll give you anything, up to half of my kingdom!”

    https://media.giphy.com/media/3o7TKMeCOV3oXSb5bq/giphy.gif