Dems grill ethics watchdog over Ivanka’s WH role


Senate Democrats are questioning the ethical- and financial- conflicts of interest surrounding Ivanka Trump’s role at the White House.

The report comes as Ivanka’s role appears to be expanding, having recently been invited to the W20 Summit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and given an office of her own in the West Wing of the White House.

According to reports, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper sent a letter to Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), on Wednesday saying Ivanka Trump’s “increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role …[has] resulted in substantial confusion.”

The letter added, “We write today to request information about the ethics rules that President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will be required to comply with, or has indicated she will voluntarily comply with, in her role as an advisor to the President.”

The letter asked the OGE how it plans to ensure that Ivanka adheres to these ethics rules. The letter also asked other questions, such as who was involved in giving Ivanka a role at the White House and if the OGE had a say in the matter.

According to reports, two senators also asked what financial disclosure and ethics rules would apply to the first daughter if she was a government employee.

Ivanka has said in the past that she will follow any ethics guidelines that apply to federal employees.

H/T: The Hill

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