Sunday, January 22, 2017

Justice Department:Trump son-in-law Kushner can serve as White House

President Donald Trump can hire his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser without breaking federal anti-nepotism laws, the US Department of Justice said.
In a letter dated Jan. 20 posted on its website, the department’s Office of Legal Counsel said the president has special hiring authority that exempts White House positions from laws barring the president from naming a relative to lead a federal agency.
The New York Times first reported the decision, saying it was posted to the department’s site on Saturday.
Questions about Kushner’s role emerged as voters and lawmakers questioned potential conflicts of interest for Trump, given his wide-ranging business interests, history of employing family members, and the influence of his daughter Ivanka Trump, who is married to Kushner.
The office of White House counsel had asked the Justice Department for a definitive opinion on Kushner’s role.
The Justice Department said that if Trump chooses to officially hire Kushner and give him security clearance usually granted for White House staff, then conflict-of-interest laws would apply and Kushner would have to abide by their restrictions.
“Congress has not blocked, and most likely could not block, the president from seeking advice from family members in their personal capacities,” the department wrote in its 14-page opinion.

Hirakhand Express derails

Railway Minister reaches accident site in Andhra Pradesh where Hirakhand Express derailed claiming 39 lives so far. (ANI)

Hirakhand Express derails in Andhra Rail minister and Chairman rushing to the site. As per reports nine coach derailed killing 41 and injuring 50 passengers . PM Modi has expressed shock grief.Eight coaches of Jagdalpur - Bhubaneswar Hirakhand express train derailed near Kuneru station of Andhra 41  dead 50 injured as per latest reports.

Nawaz not to go scot-free

 Imran Khan on Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not going to escape in the Panama Leaks case being heard by the Supreme Court.
Speaking at a rally here, Imran Khan slammed the rulers over non-provision of heath and other basic necessities to the people of country.
He said the present rulers have been in power for nearly 30 years, but the situation in public hospitals could not be improved.
The PTI chief said these insensitive rulers have no idea of conditions in public hospitals, adding that people are forced to breath their last on hospital floor as there are not enough beds available for patients.
"They (rulers) themselves go abroad for medical check-ups and consider it below their dignity to go to a hospital in the country," he said.
"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not going to escape in the Panama Leaks case," Khan said, adding if the letter by a Qatari prince turns out to be bogus then the PM will have to go home.
He regretted that the nation's wealth is laundered out of country and this is actual Panama case.
Khan criticized the prime minister for asking for immunity regarding his speech in the Parliament. "A lay man goes to prison for speaking a lie, but they (rulers) want immunity for doing the same."
"I am glad that people took to streets on my call. Our activists were jailed but they could not be unnerved," Khan said.
He contended that the youth of the country will not have a future unless corruption is not rooted out from the country.

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