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Report: Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to be named as White House senior adviser
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Report: Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to be named as White House senior adviser

Jared Kushner, husband to President-elect Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, will be named as a White House senior adviser, according to several reports.

According to The Washington Examiner, Trump told reporters Monday that he will talk about tapping Kushner for a White House role during his Wednesday press conference, the first question-and-answer session the businessman will hold with members of the press in more than 160 days.

It is no surprise that Kushner, 35, has secured a lofty spot in the Trump White House, given that he has served as a close confidant to the president-elect since his campaign launched in 2015. Kushner and Ivanka Trump recently purchased a home in Washington, D.C.

Kushner, owner of the New York Observer and multiple Manhattan properties, has, according to U.S. News and World Report, sat in on several high-level meetings throughout the Trump transition and has closely advised the incoming president on Cabinet appointments.

In addition, Kushner, whose family has donated to pro-Israel causes, has aided Trump in shaping his views on Middle East policy, according to The Washington Post.

There are, however, concerns surrounding a 1967 anti-nepotism law, which was apparently inspired, at least in part, by former President John F. Kennedy's nomination of his younger brother, Robert Kennedy, as attorney general.

However, according to CNN, the incoming Trump administration might be able to skirt the law:

Kushner is related to Trump by marriage but not blood, but the law specifies "son-in-law" as a type of relative covered by the rule.

However, there could be a loophole for the ban. The law states that any appointee found to have violated the law is "not entitled to pay" by the federal government, which offers the opportunity for Ivanka and Kushner to forgo paychecks while still serving the administration.

In an interview last month on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway claimed that, while the law applies to Cabinet appointees, there is some wiggle room when it comes to White House advisory roles.

"The anti-nepotism law has an exception if you want to work in the West Wing because the president is able to appoint his own staff," Conway said. "So, of course, this came about to stop maybe family members serving on the Cabinet."

"But the president does have discretion to choose a staff of his liking, she continued, "and so if that is true, and that legal advice holds, that will open up a realm of responsibilities."

Hearings on Trump's Cabinet appointees are slated to begin Tuesday.

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