Critics See Legal, Political Risks If Trump Keeps Ties To His Businesses


Critics See Legal, Political Risks If Trump Keeps Ties To His Businesses

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Donald Trump has promised to turn his company over to his three grown children — Donald Trump Jr. (from left), Ivanka and Eric — to run once he’s sworn in. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal law says anyone who works for the executive branch of the government has to avoid conflicts of interest. The Treasury secretary cannot own stock in a big bank, for instance. And Richard Painter, who served as ethics adviser under President George W. Bush, says different administrations have typically been scrupulous about following the law.
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