The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) released a letter demanding that Ivanka Trump file financial disclosures and not participate in matters related to the Trump Organization as the result of her new role as an assistant to her father, the President, in the White House.
Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) requested information about the ethics rules that Ivanka must follow, to which Ivanka’s attorney said she “would adhere to the same ethics and records-retention rules that apply to government employees.”
“Ivanka Trump must file disclosures within 30 days of her appointment about her financial interests and those of husband Jared Kushner and their children. The White House can grant two extensions up to 45 days each. She must also file periodic transaction reports, an annual financial disclosure report and a termination disclosure report.
Shaub said conflict of interest rules bar senior White House appointees “from participating personally and substantially in particular matters directly and predictably affecting their financial interests.” Staff members generally avoid those issues by recusing themselves from certain issues, Shaub said. OGE will review Trump’s disclosures after the White House files them.
“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 said. “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.”
The entire Trump family has shamelessly and egregiously used Trump’s position of power to benefit their own companies within the Trump Organization. Nearly $500,000 of Trump’s “re-election funds” have already been funneled back into the Trump Organization. Even today, news broke that the Trump campaign has “spent $274,000 on Trump Tower rent.”
This demand from the Office of Government Ethics, while late, is a step in the right direction in curbing the Trump family’s enrichment at the expense of the American taxpayer.