Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee

Ivanka Trump on Wednesday said she will take a formal but unpaid role in President Donald Trump’s White House.

POLITICO reported last week that the president’s daughter had secured her own office on the second floor of the West Wing and begun the process of obtaining a security clearance and government-issued communications devices.

The arrangement raised ethics concerns — she remains connected to her eponymous fashion and jewelry brand, which counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway endorsed from the White House in a Fox News interview — although Ivanka Trump had said in a statement that she would “voluntarily” abide by ethics restrictions on government employees.

Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tom Carper of Delaware sent a letter to Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub earlier Wednesday requesting information on the first daughter’s compliance with federal ethics rules.

“I have heard the concerns some may have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement to The New York Times, which first reported that she would take a formal role in the White House.

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source : http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/ivanka-trump-federal-employee-unpaid-236657 image credit : First daughter Ivanka Trump listens during a meeting with women small business owners and President Donald Trump, left, at the White House on March 27. | Getty