REPORT: Jared Kushner to join White House as senior adviser in test of nepotism laws

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Jared Kushner at the Trump International Golf Club.
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Jared Kushner will reportedly join President-elect Donald Trump’s administration as a senior adviser, raising questions about whether the move violates federal nepotism guidelines.

Both Peter Alexander of NBC and Mike Allen of the news startup Axios reported the plans for Kushner on Monday.

Federal government guidelines stipulate that employees at federal agencies are not permitted to hire family members, though Kushner’s legal representatives have argued that the White House is not a federal agency.

Kushner’s appointment would also introduce numerous potential conflicts of interest.

The Department of Justice is investigating allegations that Israel’s largest bank helped wealthy Americans evade taxes. Kushner’s company has received multiple loans from the bank. Kushner has also met with executives from a Chinese company as part of a bid to save his troubled 666 Fifth Avenue building in New York City, which has faced numerous challenges since Kushner’s purchase of the building following the 2008 financial collapse.

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Kushner hired a Washington law firm to navigate compliance with federal ethics laws and would most likely resign from his company to join the White House.

Kushner took control of his family’s real-estate business in 2005 at age 24 after his father was jailed for tax evasion and witness tampering. He expanded the New Jersey-based business into New York and made numerous questionable investments in media organizations.

A Trump representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.