For decades, the United States Department Of Justice has held that members of a President’s family cannot serve in their administration due to the obvious conflicts of interest this would create. But in January of this year, Donald Trump threw out those long held rules because, as usual, he thought he knew better. Now a string of DOJ memos has been released extolling the dangers of appointing family members, and we’ve already seen some of these concerns come to fruition in the Trump administration, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.


As far back as 1967, the US Department of Justice has been warning sitting presidents that they should not appoint anyone from their family to their administration. These were basically anti-nepotism laws even though they weren’t actually laws. They were just rules imposed by the US Department of Justice, and those rules were essentially reinstated every time a new administration came in. The Justice Department would send out the memo saying, “Here, do not hire your family members. It’s a stupid idea. It’s a bad idea, and it’s going to create huge conflicts of interest within your administration,” and everybody listen to it. Everybody paid attention. Everybody agreed with it until this last January.

The Just Department did their usual thing. They handed Donald Trump the memos, and he said, “No, thank you. I don’t want them.” His administration officially told the Justice Department that these rules were outdated and unnecessary. Those were the things they said, “outdated and unnecessary.”

So, then what happened? Donald Trump turned around and appointed half of his family to serve within his administration. How has that ended up for everybody? Well, why don’t we ask Jared Kushner? The guy who’s now embroiled in the massive investigation being conducted by Bob Mueller for his repeated contacts with members of the Russian country, Russian maybe government. We don’t know yet, but he met with them a lot and he lied about it a lot.

He lied about it on his disclosure forms three separate times, not to mention the fact that that little guy’s now been busted with having private email accounts, same thing as his wife, Ivanka Trump, who also happens to serve in daddy’s administration in a role that really isn’t clear to anyone on this plant. There is no reason for Donald Trump to have any member of his family in his administration, unless, of course, he’s hoping that he gets impeached before 2020 because that’s all these idiots are good for.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka has caused more problems for Donald Trump than anyone else in his administration save maybe Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, but Ivanka and Jared, Jared especially, are right behind them. So, I’m actually glad that Donald Trump decided to ignore the advice and the memos of presidents past and he appointed his family members because that’s just another tool were going to use to take him down before he ever has a chance to even consider running for reelection.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced