Ethics office details conflict of interest rules for Ivanka Trump

Ethics office details conflict of interest rules for Ivanka Trump
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President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will be required to file financial disclosures and separate herself from the Trump family business after taking a job as a special assistant to her father, according to a letter released Monday by the Office of Government Ethics.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats reintroduce bill to block US from using nuclear weapons first CEO who gave employees K minimum wage says revenue tripled 6 years later Forgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead White House environmental council MORE (D-Del.) sent a letter to the government's ethics watchdog in late March, requesting information about how the first daughter planned to avoid financial and ethical conflicts of interest.

The letter was sent on March 29, the same day Ivanka Trump assumed a formal, unpaid position in the White House after serving as an informal adviser to her father.


Trump’s attorney said the first daughter would follow the same in-house ethics rules that apply to other government employees.

Warren and Carper’s letter initially requested information on how the watchdog organization would make sure she followed such rules. 

The ethics rules require Ivanka Trump to file financial disclosures within 30 days of her appointment, as well as documents on the financial interests of her husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner, and their children. 

The White House has the power to grant two filing extensions of up to 45 days each. 

Trump is also required to file periodic transaction reports, an annual financial disclosure report and a termination disclosure report if she decides to end leave her role.

Shaub said the ethics rules prevent top White House appointees “from participating personally and substantially in particular matters directly and predictably affecting their financial interests.” They typically do so by recusing themselves from “particular issues that would affect the appointee's personal and imputed financial interests.”

The ethics office plans to review Ivanka Trump’s disclosures after they are filed.

“After the report is revised, OGE seeks information about how the White House is addressing any potential conflicts of interest identified during the review process,” Shaub continued. “OGE then makes a determination regarding apparent compliance with financial disclosure and conflict of interest rules and either certifies or declines to certify the financial disclosure report.” 

White House is responsible for providing ethics training and ensuring that Ivanka Trump complies with the conflict of interest rules, Shaub says.