Energy & Environment

Eric Trump’s brother-in-law working at Energy Dept.


The brother-in-law of President Trump’s son is working to implement the president’s agenda at the Department of Energy (DOE).

Kyle Yunaska, brother-in-law of Eric Trump through Trump’s wife Lara, is on the so-called “beachhead” team of DOE political appointees working to run the agency following the president’s inauguration last month, a person familiar with Yunaska’s position said.

Axios reported on Yunaska’s hiring at the DOE earlier Thursday. 

The Trump administration has already faced allegations of nepotism.

{mosads}Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, is one of his closest advisers, and Ivanka Trump, Kushner’s wife, is working closely with the administration on a number of initiatives, although she is not an employee. The Justice Department has ruled that Kushner’s hiring does not violate anti-nepotism laws.

Yunaska’s work at the DOE involves the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis.

He graduated from East Carolina University in 2009, and participated in 2013 in an Inside Edition competition to find the “hottest bachelors” in Washington, D.C. 

The Senate is planning to vote as soon as next week on whether to confirm former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run the DOE.


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