Report: Jared Kushner Consults Lawyer About Joining Trump Administration

A move to the administration for Kushner could violate federal anti-nepotism law and provoke legal challenges, The New York Times reports.

Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and Tiffany Trump smile as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016.
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Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has consulted a lawyer about the option of his joining the Trump administration, The New York Times reported on Friday.

A move to the administration for Kushner could violate federal anti-nepotism law and provoke legal challenges. It is also likely to lead to a political backlash.

Kushner, 35, is the husband of Ivanka Trump, the president-elect's eldest daughter. He had been planning to return to private business after serving as an adviser to his father-in-law during the presidential campaign.

But, at Donald Trump's urging, Kushner is now considering taking a role in the White House, the Times reported, basing its report on "two people briefed on the conversations who requested anonymity."

The president-elect's desire to have Kushner beside him is shared by the two senior appointees so far, chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus. Kushner accompanied Trump to the White House last week, when he held his first in-person meeting with President Barak Obama.

The Harvard-educated Kushner, a businessman and investor, runs a real estate company founded by his father. The family also owns The New York Observer.

He is deeply involved in the transition to the presidency, instigating, according to reports, the ouster of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who, as a federal prosecutor jailed Kushner’s father, Charles B. Kushner, more than a decade ago.

The Times writes that Trump’s desire to have Kushner in his administration "gives weight to speculation that he intends to run the White House the way he runs his businesses, relying heavily on his children and delegating essential duties to them".