If Kushner is the man for the job, family ties shouldn't matter

By: Barry Strauss,  The Hill
February 15, 2017

In this opinion piece in The Hill, historian Barry Strauss, contends that Trump's appointment of his son-in-law as a senior advisor has plenty of precedent.

"History is full of examples of close family members advising the boss," writes Strauss, the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies in the history department. "Moreover, family businesses are still one of the most common forms of commercial or industrial enterprise.

"The real question is why Americans have such a fetish against employing family members as advisors. Congress passed a so-called anti-nepotism law in 1967 that prevents a member of the executive branch from appointing relatives to a position in an agency that he or she controls."

Read the entire opinion piece here.

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