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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump earned at least $82 million last year and it's setting off alarm bells

President Trump's daughter and son-in-law earned at least $82 million in outside income while serving as White House advisers last year, reigniting concerns about potential conflicts of interest, The Washington Post reports. The financial disclosure forms, which were released Monday, show that Jared Kushner earned at least $70 million from his family's real estate business in 2017, while his wife, Ivanka Trump, earned at least $12 million, mainly through her clothing business, although she also drew $3.9 million from her stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Critics slammed the report, with Dartmouth political science professor Brendan Nyhan tweeting, "What would you say if you saw it in another country?" NPR's Susan Davis noted that by comparison, "members of the U.S. House and senior House staff can't earn more than $28,000 in outside income in 2018."

A spokesman for Kushner and Trump's ethics counsel emphasized to the Post that the couple has "complied with the rules and restrictions as set out by the Office of Government Ethics" since joining the administration.