In the wake of Donald Trump Jr.’s shocking confession that he tried to obtain damaging political opposition research on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, one Republican lawmaker is suggesting the president remove his family from political matters.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) told a local CBS affiliate on Wednesday that Trump’s children, as well as his son-in-law, should be removed from the White House immediately:
I think it would be in the president’s best interest if he removed all of his children from the White House. Not only Donald Trump, but Ivanka and Jared Kushner.
Trump Jr., along with his younger brother, Eric, are not part of the administration, and are jointly running the Trump Organization. Eldest daughter Ivanka Trump and Kushner are top advisors to the president, with Ivanka seen as able to corral her father at some of his more combustible moments, according to Newsweek.
Kushner has found himself under intense federal scrutiny both for his finances and his role in the campaign last year. Kushner received a $285 million loan from German-bank Deutsche Bank one month before Election Day last year, and federal investigators are examining the digital operation he ran for the campaign.
Rep. Flores was upset with Trump Jr.’s decision to attend the Russian meeting, which has fed concerns that the Republican campaign colluded with Russia to discredit Clinton and win the Oval Office last year:
I do find issues with the meeting. It’s a meeting that should not have taken place. I think he thought he was looking out for his father’s best interest.