A Justice Department official wrote in a lengthy statement that President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, would not violate a 1967 anti-nepotism law if he was hired to work in the White House, the Washington Post reported.

Kushner, 36, the publisher of the New York Observer who also has several real estate holdings, is the husband of Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, 35.

Deputy Attorney General Daniel Koffsky said Trump has "an unusual degree of freedom" in choosing his White House staff, adding that there is no law against the president taking advice from his family.

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The original anti-nepotism statute was enacted in 1967 in response to President Kennedy nominating his brother, Robert Kennedy (D-N.Y.), as U.S. Attorney General.

Koffsky said the statute governing a president's ability to independently hire staffers overrides the federal law.

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