This past week, we've seen Ivanka Trump take the seat of an official white house employee as an assistant to the president along with her husband, Jared Kushner, who has the title of Senior advisor to his father in law.
This appointment is said to name her as an 'informal advisor' to her father in that she will not be paid for her federal services. According to the New York Times, the plan has prompted criticism from ethics experts, who have said that it would allow her to avoid financial disclosure rules that apply to presidential employees.
I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees, said Ms. Trump, according to The New York Times.
This is the issue: White House employees shouldn't be allowed to curtail federal laws regarding the American presidency being run as a 'family business.'
Federal law states, 'A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.'
This law is put in place to ensure, even today, that the children and other relatives of the president are not allowed to disregard federal law by skirting around such with loopholes and wording.
Historically, the Bobby Kennedy Law was put into place after president John F. Kennedy made his brother Robert F. Kennedy the U.S. Attorney General in 1961.
Today, we see a similar event in which President Trump sees justification in hiring his daughter and her husband as federal employees by not giving them government salaries yet fails to recognize the threat of federal favoritism and inevitable bias.
This is the time to raise attention to the Bobby Kennedy law and it's effect on preventing nepotism. Just because Kushner and Ivanka aren't being paid doesn't mean they should be allowed a federal position higher than elected officials.