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- The Treasury Department said that J.J. Ricchetti, the son of White House counselor and longtime Biden confidant Steve Ricchetti, would be a special assistant in the office of legislative affairs.
- The announcement gave no details on what the role would entail, nor did it refer to whom J.J. Ricchetti, a recent college graduate, is related.
- A Biden White House official, who declined to be named in order to speak on the matter, said the administration hired Ricchetti's son since he volunteered on the campaign.
The son of one of President Joe Biden's most important White House advisors just landed a job at the Treasury Department.
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The Treasury Department said Monday that J.J. Ricchetti, the son of White House counselor and longtime Biden confidant Steve Ricchetti, would be a special assistant in the office of legislative affairs.
The announcement gave no details on what the role would entail, nor did it refer to whom J.J. Ricchetti is related. It only says that he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last year with a bachelor's degree in political science.
A Biden White House official, who declined to be named in order to speak on the matter, said the administration hired Ricchetti's son after he volunteered on the campaign. Because the post is an entry level position at Treasury, the official stressed that it would not involve collaborating with senior White House officials.
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Almost five months into her new job, Jill Biden is still revealing what kind of first lady she wants to be, but one thing is already clear: you can call her "Jill."Biden has insisted at just about every turn that people address her by her first name. She means it -- people actually call her that or, sometimes, "Dr. B." The familiar approachability is part of the Biden narrative, and an aspect of her personality into which she leans hard.
The Friars Senior Society of the University of PennsylvaniaJ.J. Ricchetti under the class of 2020. In an interview with the Friars' website, J.J. Ricchetti touts a quote from his mother, Amy, as one of his favorite quotes. Amy Ricchetti is Steve Ricchetti's .
Steve Ricchetti is a key advisor for Biden on his $2 trillion infrastructure reform proposal, and remains a point of contact for members of Congress on the issue.
Then there are the pictures on Steve Ricchetti's Facebook page showing the younger J.J. Ricchetti in family photos. "Im a mini," J.J. Ricchetti's comment reads on one of the old Facebook photos from 2011.
There was no indication that Steve Ricchetti helped his son nab the job.
A 2016 Congressional Research Service analysis highlights the hurdles White House and administration officials have to go through in order to avoid accusations of nepotism.
"The federal anti-nepotism statute applies to all public officials (including the President and Members of Congress) in all three branches of the federal government," thesays. "Such officials are barred from appointing, hiring, or promoting – or advocating for the appointment, hiring, or promotion of – a specific class of relatives to a civilian position in the agency in which that official serves or over which the official exercises authority."
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WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.
Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics under former Presidents Barack Obama and, for a short time, Donald, expressed displeasure at Treasury's Ricchetti hire.
"The nepotism law doesn't apply unless Ricchetti was involved in his son's hiring. But it should raise eyebrows when the child of a senior political appointee is hired straight out of college into a prominent position," Shaub told CNBC on Monday. "In a nation of over 300 million people, is the son of a top White House official the only person qualified for the job? It has a Jared and Ivanka feel to it."
Nepotism was a big concern during the Trump administration, particularly since the former president employed his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner as top White House advisors.
Steve Ricchetti and the Treasury Department did not return requests for comment.
Meanwhile, CNBC previously reported that Steve Ricchetti's brother, Jeff, had been.
Lobbying disclosures show that Jeff Ricchetti lobbied the Executive Office of the President for health-care giants GlaxoSmithKline, Horizon Therapeutics and Vaxart Inc.
Ethics experts have told CNBC that it is concerning to see Jeff Ricchetti engaging with the EOP while his brother advises Biden.
Ethics experts are concerned that the children of top Biden aides are getting jobs in the White House, report says .
At least five children of Biden's senior staff are now working in the administration, The Washington Post reported. Senior counsel Steve Ricchetti has three children working for Biden, the paper said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Several children and relatives of President Joe Biden's top aides have secured jobs in the White House, according to The Washington Post. At least five children of Biden's senior staff are now working in the administration, the paper reported.