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General News    H3'ed 12/20/16

Newt Gingrich Thinks Nepotism Laws Shouldn't Apply To Trump Administration

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Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich sees no reason for ethics laws to keep President-elect Donald Trump from appointing certain people to his administration. Gingrich suggested that Trump could sidestep anti-nepotism laws that would bar him from giving advisory roles to his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. “In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to,” Gingrich said. President Lyndon Johnson signed the nepotism statute into law in 1967, seven years after President John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby Kennedy as attorney general. The law prevents public officials from employing or promoting relatives to a civilian position of an office within their jurisdiction.

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