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Jan092017

Trump Expected to Name Jared Kushner as Senior Adviser

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is expected to be named as a senior adviser to the president-elect and to assume an official role in the West Wing in coming weeks, according to two senior Trump transition officials.

Kushner, one of the most influential voices in Trump's inner circle, is credited with helping steer the presidential campaign to victory and has been expected to continue in a close advisory role to Trump after he takes office Jan. 20. When Trump made his first visit to the White House after the election, Kushner was among the few advisers to accompany him and had a private meeting with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

In recent weeks, Kushner has reportedly been preparing to resign from his real estate company and divest from some of his financial assets, with his lawyers consulting closely with the Office of Government Ethics.

Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, is expected to move with him to Washington, D.C. Her role in the White House remains unclear.

"If you look at Ivanka, take a look at -- she is so strong into the women's issue, child care, and so many things, she would be so good. Nobody could do better than her, and I just have to see whether or not we can do that," Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday last month.

"I would love to have Jared helping us with deals with other nations, and see if we can do peace in the Middle East and other things. He's very talented," Trump said.

Kushner's expected appointment as a senior adviser -- a role that does not require Senate confirmation -- will raise a number of legal and ethical questions given his family ties to the president-elect.

The expected move would occur in what ethics experts describe as a legal gray area in the federal anti-nepotism statute. That law forbids appointment of family members to federal agencies, but some legal analysts see wiggle room, saying the White House may not qualify as a government agency.


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