Target: Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General
Goal: Investigate whether the President-elect can legally appoint his son-in-law to a role in the White House.
Donald Trump announced that he will appoint Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, to be his senior adviser, but doing so seems to violate a 1967 anti-nepotism law. Legislation states that public officials cannot hire or advocate for hire to a government position anyone who is a member of the official’s family, though Trump’s campaign is saying this does not apply to the president. Leaders on the House Judiciary Committee wrote to the Justice Department asking for an investigation into these matters as well as into Kushner’s numerous financial conflicts.
Both Kushner and his wife have stated that they plan to step away from their business holdings. Kushner said that he will also divest from his assets and resign from his companies on top of not taking a salary from his White House role. It is hard to believe that a man who has built his life around a real estate business is going to just forget about them for four years. If he serves in the White House, Kushner would have the opportunity to influence policy in ways that will benefit his businesses. Already, he has met with Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus behind closed doors to discuss tax policy. Sign this petition to demand that the Justice Department investigate Kushner’s eligibility for senior adviser.
Dear Ms. Lynch,
I am writing to throw my support behind a letter you recently received from members of the House Judiciary Committee, asking for an investigation into the possible conflict of interested represented by Donald Trump’s appointment of his son-in-law Jared Kashner to a crucial White House role. The anti-nepotism law was designed to prevent officials from favoring their family members for positions in government, and that should definitely include the president.
In addition to Kushner being Trump’s son-in-law, he also owns many businesses. Even though he claims he will cut ties with them, I am concerned that he will use his influence over policy to benefit his business holdings. Please investigate the anti-nepotism law to determine if Kushner is eligible to serve in the White House.
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