President-elect Donald Trump is hiring son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser with a wide-ranging portfolio, a person familiar with the matter said, bringing to the West Wing one of the most influential figures in the Trump camp. Mr. Kushner, who turns 36 on Tuesday, has played a large role in Mr. Trump’s transition, helping to select top-ranking staff and set strategy, transition advisers said. Mr. Trump’s team has long wanted to bring him to the White House, but saw a potential obstacle in a 1967 anti-nepotism law.
In hiring Mr. Kushner, the Trump team has apparently concluded the appointment doesn't violate the law.
Mr. Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said Monday Mr. Kushner would take several steps to avoid conflicts of interest upon entering the White House. Ms. Gorelick, an attorney with the firm WilmerHale and a former U.S. deputy attorney general, said Mr. Kushner would resign from his position as chief executive of real estate developer Kushner Companies, as well as from his position at the New York Observer, a newspaper he owns.