Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trump Gets to Stick His Clueless Son-in-Law in the White House - And We're Okay with That

Donald Trump wants to make his son-in-law Jared  (no he not the Jared from Subway currently in jail on child pornography related charges, quit saying that people) but there was some question as to whether or not this violates the anti-nepotism laws of the federal government.  Turns out, it doesn't.

"In a reversal of legal advice given to prior presidents, the Justice Department has concluded that it is lawful for President Donald Trump to appoint his son-in-law Jared Kushner to a White House post.

A 14-page opinion dated Friday from Justice's Office of Legal Counsel asserts that a federal anti-nepotism law that applies to agencies across the executive branch does not cover the White House itself.

The anti-nepotism law dates to 1967 and is widely believed to have been aimed at blocking appointments modeled on President John Kennedy's nomination of his brother Robert as attorney general.

However, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Daniel Koffsky — a longtime career lawyer at Justice — concluded that another law passed in 1978 and conferring broad authority on the president to appoint White House officials essentially overrides the earlier anti-nepotism measure.

"We believe that the President's special hiring authority [in the 1978 law] permits him to make appointments to the White House Office that the anti-nepotism statute might otherwise forbid," Koffsky wrote in the opinion sent to White House Counsel Donald McGahn at his request."

See Trump, or any other occupant of the White House gets to decide who he wants advice from and who he wants to consult.  And we understand that Trump wants the most unqualified people he can find around him so he doesn't look like a complete doofus.  So go ahead Donnie, see how well Jared (no he's not the child porn guy) can make you look good by comparison.  That's a tough job but we think a person has no, absolutely no government, policy making or public experience is up to the task.  And if he's not,  you always have Rick Perry waiting in the wings.

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