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Trump wants son-in-law Jared Kushner to have top secret clearance, sit in on intelligence briefings

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son in law Jared Kushner speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. ( Photo/Mary Altaffer)

President-elect Donald Trump made headlines Monday night when CBS News reported that Trump was seeking security clearances for his adult children.  Since Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka are set to run Trump's business ventures while he is president, some have mentioned this arrangement could create a complicated conflict of interest.

The Hill and NBC News political correspondent Andrea Mitchell reported Tuesday afternoon that Trump not only wants his son-in-law Jared Kushner to receive top secret security clearance, he also wants him to sit in on daily intelligence briefings.

Anti-nepotism laws enacted in 1967 prevent the president from appointing any relative to a civilian position in the federal government. The law reads:

A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official. An individual may not be appointed, employed, promoted, or advanced in or to a civilian position in an agency if such appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement has been advocated by a public official, serving in or exercising jurisdiction or control over the agency, who is a relative of the individual.

Trump has previously praised Kushner for being a "very successful real estate person."

Politico reported that Kushner was in large part responsible for the transition team shakeup last week that resulted in Chris Christie being replaced by Vice President-elect Mike Pence as head of the team.


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