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This week in Donald Trump's conflicts of interest: The Kushner family is in the spotlight

The big conflict of interest story this week involves the family of Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner


Matthew Rozsa
May 13, 2017 2:30PM (UTC)

While the Trump-related news this week has mostly revolved around the firing of FBI Director James Comey, that doesn't mean there haven't been conflicts of interest aplenty. For that, we can thank Trump's golden child-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Just look at Jared Kushner's sister

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Last weekend, Kushner's sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, told an audience at a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Beijing that investors in the family's luxury apartment complex in New Jersey would find it easier to immigrate to the United States. While this was in theory simply her way of raising awareness about the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program — which helps immigrants who enter the country with at least $500,000 in stake in American commercial enterprises — it draws to mind past controversies involving her brother's company's interactions with powerful Chinese businesses. It also doesn't help that Kushner's sister displayed a picture of President Donald Trump and openly mentioned that her brother is a high-ranking official in the president's administration.

A Schwab heiress is working for Trump after her grandfather gave $1 million to his inaugural committee

Charles Schwab, who founded the famous Schwab brokerage firm in 1971, gave $1 million to Trump's inaugural committee. Now it has been reported that his 21-year-old granddaughter, Samantha Schwab, works for the Trump White House, for reasons we're sure are totally coincidental. More specifically, she seems to have some sort of position at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. While Schwab isn't an official White House intern, her White House email address has the title "volunteer" in parentheses next to it, suggesting that her position isn't high-ranking either. In most cases it's illegal for federal agencies to hire unpaid laborers, although it's doubtful that Schwab is suffering too much.

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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