Democrats Call On DOJ to Look Into Jared Kushner's White House Role

House members worry about financial conflicts of interest for Trump's son-in-law

The group of Democrats also asked for a further review of Kushner's potential financial conflicts of interests, asserting that having information, knowledge or influence over the White House's policies may benefit his business holdings.

The federal anti-nepotism statute says, "A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official."

The statute includes the president in the definition of "public official" and a son-in-law in the definition of "relative," but Trump may have some latitude in the law's interpretation. Experts say not drawing a salary may go toward that.

Kushner plans to distance himself from his business interests through divesting "significant assets," resigning from his companies and recusing himself on certain matters, his lawyer said.

"Mr. Kushner is committed to complying with federal ethics laws, and we have been consulting with the Office of Government Ethics regarding the steps he would take," she added.

Ivanka Trump will not immediately assume a formal role in the White House. She also plans to take steps to divest from her business interests.

Still, the letter from the Democrats called for more details of his and Ivanka Trump's plans to disentangle themselves from their business assets.

"Federal government officials are also required to recuse themselves from matters in which they have a financial interest," the letter said. "In light of the foregoing and given the potential speed of developments, we urge DOJ to consider our concerns and to take any action it may deem appropriate promptly."