Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) explained how a new bill would fine Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump $1,000 a day for circumventing federal laws against nepotism.
Speier is the author of the “Restoring Integrity, Governance, Honesty, and Transparency Act of 2019″ which is also known as the “RIGHT Act of 2019.”
She was interviewed Tuesday by MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews.
“For the past two years I’ve warned about the dangers of unelected family members living in the white house and claiming to be serving there,” Matthews noted. “I warned that mixing family and business removes a vital guardrail.”
“Congresswoman, I don’t know what to say here, anybody who’s seen the “Godfather” has seen Fredo here being manipulated by the guy out west. So what do you make of this?” Matthews asked. “He looks manipulatable.”
“Mo Green, I was thinking of,” he added.
“This is yet just another episode in the tabloids that we see on the grocery store racks,” Speier answered.
“I mean, this is a president who abuses power. He says, ‘they don’t know how to play the game.’ Yeah, he thinks this is a game, but we have rules and they were put in places after Bobby Kennedy was the attorney general and that law basically said no more nepotism,” she explained.
“So what does this president do? He decides he’s going to make his daughter and son-in-law volunteers so they won’t be subject to the nepotism law,” Speier continued. “And he wants to give the two volunteers top security clearances.”
“Our country’s status is at risk. Our national security is at risk,” the intelligence committee member concluded.
“They shouldn’t be in the White House as volunteers and my bill — HR 1028 — is one that would require that, if you’re a volunteer in the White House, you’re going to be paying $1,000 a day fine for trying to manipulate the laws in this country as it relates to nepotism,” Speier explained.
“This is wrong, it shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” she added.