An ethics lawyer who worked under former President Barack Obama said Wednesday he believes Ivanka Trump's official role at the White House violates federal law.
Norman Eisen appeared on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" and was asked about President Donald Trump's daughter taking a job at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, regardless of the fact she is not accepting a salary for it.
"My view — and it's a bipartisan view, professor [Richard] Painter, the Bush ethics czar, agrees with me — is that the nepotism statute does apply," Eisen said.
"For decades, the Justice Department held [the position], 'Yes, the nepotism statute does apply to the White House office.' It's a murky area, reasonable minds can disagree.
"President Trump got an opinion from the Justice Department that the nepotism statute doesn't apply to his White House. We disagree with that opinion, but we recognize that reasonable minds can disagree."
The first daughter is officially a special assistant to the president and has an office in the West Wing. Her husband Jared Kushner also works for the president as a senior adviser.
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