U.S. government ethics office releases conflict of interest rules for Ivanka Trump

MAMOSA Report — U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will be required to file financial disclosures and separate herself from the Trump family business after taking a job as a special assistant to her father, according to a letter released Monday by the Office of Government Ethics.

On March 29, Ms. Trump assumed a formal, unpaid position in the White House after serving as an informal adviser to her father, prompting objections and criticisms from Trump critics and several advocacy groups that her role may border conflict of interest parameters set for such hirings.

The question of whether Ivanka Trump’s financial interests and official government work were overlapping was raised when her company received new China trademarks for her namesake brand, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, on the very day she and her father were meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

While ethics officials at the time raised concerns that this was a conflict of interest, Ivanka Trump’s attorney Jamie Gorelick pushed back.

Trump’s attorney responded saying the first daughter would follow the same in-house ethics rules that apply to other government employees.

The attorney’s clarification came after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) sent a letter to the government’s ethics watchdog in late March, requesting information about how the first daughter planned to avoid financial and ethical conflicts of interest.

The OGE’s response letter, released Monday but originally sent on April 25, did not address the China issue or any other specific instances in which outside officials had raised questions about Ivanka Trump’s business and government actions.

The ethics rules require Ivanka to file financial disclosures within 30 days of her appointment, as well as documents on the financial interests of her husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner, and their children.

The ethics office plans to review Ivanka Trump’s disclosures after they are filed — the White House has the power to grant two filings extensions of up to 45 days each (total 90 days).

Ivanka’s new status as an executive branch employee would require her to submit periodic financial disclosures.

White House is responsible for providing ethics training and ensuring that Ivanka Trump complies to the conflict of interest rules, said OGE Director Walter M. Shaub in the letter to Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

ABC News’ requests for Ivanka Trump’s disclosure documents, which would have originally become due April 30, have not yet been fulfilled. The White House has previously noted that most of her financial information was included in the disclosures of her husband, Jared Kushner, who as an official adviser to the president from his inauguration, submitted his own disclosure forms at the end of March.

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