Jared Kushner receives legal clearance from DOJ for White House job

President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been cleared to become a senior adviser at the White House, reports Politico.

On January 20, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel released its assessment of a U.S. anti-nepotism law and determined that the rule "does not bar this appointment because the President's special hiring authority...exempts positions in the White House Office..."

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According to the document, signed by Daniel L. Koffsky, a deputy assistant attorney general in the office, this special authority falls under a section of U.S. Code "which authorizes the President to appoint employees in the White House Office 'without regard to any other provision of law regulating the employment or compensation of persons in the Government service...'"

The brief eventually concludes, "In choosing his personal staff, the President enjoys an unusual degree of freedom, which Congress found suitable to the demands of his office."

When Trump announced his son-in-law's appointment, he stated, "Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration."

Kushner is reportedly likely to oversee different areas including trade and foreign policy.

While Trump's daughter Ivanka had also been rumored to take on a formal role in her father's administration, that doesn't appear to be the case for now, according to Reuters.