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The Department of Justice, which is led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was confirmed to the position by a group of his friends in the Senate, a legislative body that has never in its history been less than 90 percent white, is opening an investigation into college admission practices that it views as unfairly disadvantaging white people, according to a report from The New York Times.

A memo, which was obtained by the Times, was circulated through the civil rights division to begin recruiting lawyers interested in working on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

Donald Trump, who prior to becoming president of the United States was president of the Trump Organization, a company founded by his father, Fred Trump, and who was accepted as an undergraduate transfer student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania after his father reportedly intervened on his behalf, has yet to comment publicly on his administration’s reported investigation into practices that it believes tip the scales to the detriment of white people.

Neither has special assistant to the president of the United States and daughter of the president of the United States, Ivanka Trump, who was accepted as a transfer student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a university that her father also attended. Before joining the administration, Ivanka was executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, a company run by her father and founded by her grandfather. In her absence, her brothers, Eric and Donald Jr., now run the company founded by their grandfather and previously run by their father.

Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, husband of Ivanka, and son-in-law of the president of the United States, has not commented publicly on the opening of an investigation to ensure that all admissions are merit-based. Prior to joining the White House, Kushner, who was accepted at Harvard University in 1999, which was a year after his family made a $2.5 million donation to the elite school, served as president of the Kushner Companies, a real estate firm founded by his father, Charles Kushner.

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We will update if any members of the Trump family who are also in the administration offer public comment.