Kushner Took a Stricter Approach on Ethics Than Trump, Emails Show

Ethics expert Kathleen Clark noted a "striking contrast" between the White House preparation of Kushner and other Trump officials

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The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.

That is the picture established by new emails, obtained by MSNBC, showing how Kushner's lawyers worked on a divestment plan to avoid conflicts by conferring with the Office of Government Ethics.

President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida, Saturday evening. Thousands of the president's supporters attended the rally, which was held in a hangar at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport. The president once again slammed the media for telling so-called lies about his administration. The president also told supporters that his administration is running "smoothly."

"The process was good here," said Norm Eisen, an ethics expert who is suing the Trump administration, saying the emails show Kushner and his wife divested themselves from any holdings that presented conflicts.

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"Although the Trump transition team apparently was not particularly cooperative with the Office of Government Ethics," said Kathleen Clark, an ethics expert at Washington University Law School, "Kushner and his lawyers seem to have taken a different approach."

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