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Ivanka Trump Gets White House Office, Security Clearance

| by Michael Allen
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Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, has secured her own White House office in the West Wing and is in the process of getting a security clearance.

The Associated Press notes that Ivanka will soon be receiving government-issued communications devices, and will be viewing classified information.

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According to Ivanka's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, Ivanka will not have an official title or collect a salary, but is planning to adhere to the same ethics and record keeping rules that government employees follow, reports POLITICO.

"Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground," Gorelick stated. "Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not."

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According to Ivanka's spokeswoman, Ivanka was approved by the White House counsel’s office, and the Office of Government Ethics "worked through” any conflict issues.

Ivanka was previously a senior executive at the Trump Organization, and served as her dad's partner on the NBC-TV reality show, "The Apprentice." She stepped down as head of her fashion line when her dad was sworn in, but has not relinquished ownership.

Ivanka's husband and former real estate mogul, Jared Kushner, is an official senior adviser to the president. That appointment raised questions regarding anti-nepotism laws, but the Justice Department said those laws only applied to government agencies.

"I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life," Ivanka said in a statement. "While there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president, I will voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees."

Norm Eisen, the former ethics czar in the Obama administration, doesn't think that's enough:

They're not saying she's going to voluntarily subject herself to ethics rules to be nice. There’s recognition that they're in very uncertain territory here. The better thing to do would be to concede she is subject to the rules. It would create some outside accountability, because if she can voluntarily subject herself to the rules, she can voluntarily un-subject herself to the rules.

Gorelick added: "The one thing I would like to be clear on: we don’t believe it eliminates conflicts in every way. She has the conflicts that derive from the ownership of this brand. We’re trying to minimize those to the extent possible."

Sources: POLITICO, The Associated Press via Los Angeles Times / Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos Joint Task Force/DvidsHub.net