2016.11.09 Eric Trump sits in on a meeting between his father and potential cabinet member Mitt Romney, "despite concerns surrounding the transition team that Mr Trump's family ... are too close to the president-elect’s dealings". webcache.googleusercontent.com (See also Eric Trump) 2016.11.14 Eric Trump helps arrange a phone call between Trump and Argentine President Mauricio Macri, after which Trump’s Argentine partner makes new effort to promote stalled plan. washingtonpost.com (See also Eric Trump, Conflicts of Interest, Argentina, Presidential Transition) 2016.11.23 Donald Trump Jr. held talks on Syria with Russia supporters. wsj.com (See also Donald Trump Jr, Conflicts of Interest, Russia, Syria, Trump Relationship with Russia) 2016.12.14 Eric Trump attends a meeting between his father and tech industry executives. usatoday.com (See also Eric Trump) 2017.01.05 Trump relatives' potential White House roles will test 1967 anti-nepotism law npr.org (See also Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump) 2017.01.10 Government ethics expert Kathleen Clark: Trump's plan to name son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior advisor to his White House will test 1967 anti-nepostism law. washingtonpost.com (See also Jared Kushner) 2017.01.11 While shades of nepotism remain a real worry in the wake of Trump's announcement that his son-in-law Jared Kushner would serve as a senior White House adviser, a few moderates express hope that the president's closest advisor might be a moderating influence. csmonitor.com (See also Jared Kushner) 2017.01.21 Justice department rules Trump has special hiring authority and therefore is not violating an anti-nepotism law in hiring his daughter's husband as an advisor. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Jared Kushner) 2017.02.23 Eric Trump’s brother-in-law lands an Energy Department job. axios.com (See also Eric Trump, Department of Energy) 2017.03.06 Trump hires Andrew Giuliani, son of former NYC mayor and Trump confidante Rudy Giuliani, to work in Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. politico.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.03.20 Ivanka Trump begins working out of a West Wing office, although she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter. latimes.com (See also Ivanka Trump, Unprecedented Actions) 2017.10.03 In January, the Justice Department cleared the way for Donald Trump to hire Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, by declaring earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete. politico.com (See also Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Department of Justice) 2017.11.20 A examination of public records reveals that there are at least 20 families, joined by either blood or marriage, in which multiple members hold some federal post or appointment. including the family of some of Trump’s most prominent campaign supporters and agency officials, such as Rudy Giuliani’s son, Seb Gorka’s wife, and Eric Trump’s brother-in-law. thedailybeast.com (See also Conflicts of Interest) 2018.02.19 The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is making what has been dubbed an unofficial visit to India to promote his family’s real estate projects, but he’s also planning to deliver a foreign policy speech on Indo-Pacific relations at an event with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. washingtonpost.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Business) 2018.02.27 Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter. washingtonpost.com (See also Jared Kushner, Corruption, Foreign Policy, China, Israel, Mexico) 2018.02.27 Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded — a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access. politico.com (See also Jared Kushner, John Kelly) 2018.05.15 Donald Trump has nominated Gordon Hartogensis, the brother-in-law of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, to head the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. cnbc.com (See also Corruption) 2018.06.07 Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Thursday defended her brother-in-law‘s controversial nomination to head the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, despite the fact that he lacks experience in government and, according to his LinkedIn profile, has confined his professional activities during the past six years to managing his family trust fund. politico.com (See also Corruption, Elaine Chao, Department of Transportation) 2018.06.13 Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last year had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group that has backed him for years, according to multiple individuals familiar with the matter. washingtonpost.com (See also Corruption, Conflicts of Interest, Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency) 2018.06.19 A foundation established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and headed by his wife is playing a key role in a real-estate deal backed by the chairman of Halliburton, the oil-services giant that stands to benefit from any of the Interior Department’s decisions to open public lands for oil exploration or change standards for drilling. politico.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior, Corruption, Environment) 2018.07.02 Samantha Dravis, the former policy chief at the Environmental Protection Agency, told a congressional committee that Scott Pruitt, the administrator, asked her to help find his wife a job as a fund-raiser at the Republican Attorneys General Association, and used staff for other personal errands. nytimes.com (See also Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency, Corruption)
Darren Samuelsohn — Politico
Samuelsohn quotes Newt Gingrich's take on Trump's children taking roles in the White House:
“We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said Monday during an appearance on NPR’s "The Diane Rehm Show" about the president-elect’s business interests. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.”
And should someone in the Trump administration cross the line, Gingrich has a potential answer for that too.
“In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to. He also has, frankly, the power of the pardon,” Gingrich said. “It’s a totally open power. He could simply say, ‘Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period. Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority.”