Ivanka Trump ordered to comply with ethics rules

Ivanka Trump

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) sent two Democratic senators a letter stating that Ivanka Trump is covered by federal ethics laws, must file financial disclosures and cannot participate in matters related to the Trump Organization.

One result of her White House job as an assistant to her father, the President, is that Ivanka Trump must obey the same ethics laws and regulations applicable to all other executive branch employees.

Of particular importance, Government Ethics Office Director Walter M. Shaub, Jr. said the president’s daughter financial disclosure reports within 30 days of her March 29, 2017 appointment to a government job.

Due to her newly recognized status as an executive branch employee, Ivanka Trump

“The Trump family has shamelessly used the presidency to benefit themselves personally through companies they own,” said McCormick. “Nearly $500,000 of Trump’s ‘re-election funds’ have already been funneled back into the Trump Organization.”

“This is a step in the right direction in curbing the Trump family’s enrichment at the expense of the American taxpayer,” said Lisa McCormick, a New Jersey Democrat who has been active in the anti-Trump resistance movement. “American deserve to know about the abuse of power, attempts to use public positions for personal benefit and self promotion at taxpayer expense.”

“Executive branch employees are subject to a variety of ethics laws and rules designed to ensure the impartiality of the government’s decision making,” wrote Shaub, in a letter to Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Carper (D-DE). “These authorities include the anti-bribery and criminal conflict of interest statutes; the Ethics in Government Act; the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (Standards of Conduct); certain restrictions established in President Bush’s 1989 Executive Order on ethics; the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act; and other legal provisions.”

Read the ethics agency letter to Senator Warren

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