Until now, it has been customary for those elected president of the United States to divest himself of his assets or put them into a blind trust, overseen by an independent person. This guaranteed that the president’s actions would never have any financial benefit to himself or his family.

 

The president is also expected not to hire any member of his family for any position. This is a matter of law. The law was passed after John F. Kennedy named his brother Robert as Attirney General.

 

Donald Trump’s unusual family business empire challenges these understandings, policies, and laws. His holdings and deals are worldwide. His son-in-law Jared Kushner also has an international business empire. In the absence of full disclosure, it is impossible to know to what extent their business interests are mixed up with policy decisions or to what extent they have separated from their business empires.

 

John Cassidy of the New Yorker has tried to sift through the issues. 

 

It is worth reading.