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Trump selects son-in-law Kushner as senior adviser

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Jared Kushner, shown with wife Ivanka, is expected to be named to the Trump White House. (Source: Pool/CNN) Jared Kushner, shown with wife Ivanka, is expected to be named to the Trump White House. (Source: Pool/CNN)

(RNN) - President-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner will be named senior adviser.

Kushner, 35, is married to Ivanka Trump and is a real estate investor, as well as publisher and owner of the New York Observer. He has assisted Trump during the campaign.

“It is an honor to serve our country,” Kushner said. “I am energized by the shared passion of the President-elect and the American people and I am humbled by the opportunity to join this very talented team.”

He has chosen to forego his salary while serving in the administration.

Kushner bought the New York Observer when he was 25 for $10 million, the Harvard Crimson said.

During the campaign, he defended Trump amid allegations he was an anti-Semite, with an opinion piece in the Observer

“Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted adviser throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration,” Trump said.

Amid concerns that Trump will not be able to avoid conflicts of interest, Kushner was chasing a real-estate deal with a Chinese investor at the same time he was advising his father-in-law, the New York Times reported. He met with Wu Xiaohui on Nov. 16 to pursue an agreement to redevelop 666 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan.

Trump was criticized in November after Ivanka Trump was at a meeting between the president-elect and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, the New York Times said. Photographs showed Kushner was present for at least part of that meeting.

A 1967 federal law restricts employment of relatives.

He is the son of property developer Charles B. Kushner, who pled guilty to corruption-related charges. The elder Kushner was prosecuted by then-U.S. attorney Chris Christie for tampering with the government's investigation of his possible tax fraud and illegal campaign contributions by hiring a prostitute to catch federal witnesses in compromising positions, according to a 2004 CBS News/AP report

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