Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s roles in the administration are highly unusual and have raised a range of concerns about the violation of federal nepotism rules, the risk of disclosing classified information, as well as the wide policy portfolios they have been given despite a lack of expertise or background in those issues.
In January, as Jared Kushner received approval from the Office of Government Ethics to allow him to work in the White House, it was initially reported that Ms. Trump would not take a formal role in the government.
Ivanka Trump, who like her husband has been a close adviser to the president-elect, will not take on a role in her father’s White House but will focus on settling her family in Washington. Reuters, January 9, 2017
Within months, that position had shifted, and it was announced that Ms. Trump would receive a semi-official White House role.
The powerful first daughter has secured her own office on the West Wing’s second floor — a space next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was recently promoted to a position on the National Security Council. She is also in the process of obtaining a security clearance and is set to receive government-issued communications devices this week. Politico, March 20, 2017
A few days later, news broke that she would formally become a federal employee.
Ms. Trump’s lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, said that “she will file the financial disclosure forms required of federal employees and be bound by the same ethics rules that she had planned to comply with voluntarily.” New York Times, March 29, 2017
In September 2017, documents released by American Oversight as well as independent news reporting confirmed that both Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump had been using personal, private email accounts during their time working in the White House. American Oversight is continuing to seek copies of emails sent by Kushner or Trump to a number of federal agencies to determine what role they are playing in the administration and to assess the extent to which they have conducted government business on private email servers.