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What does the Constitution say about family members profiting from political status?

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President Donald Trump hugs his family.
President Trump hugs his family after being sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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Questions about nepotism and partisan patronage are in play as House committees continue their impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Congress launched that inquiry following a whistleblower complaint about Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Trump and his defenders have contended that Hunter Biden’s high-paying board position in Ukraine was improper. Others have argued, however, that both of Trump’s sons have also benefited financially from their father’s career.

Guest host Tiffany Hanssen spoke with Ciara Torres-Spillescy, professor of law at Stetson University and author of the book "Political Brands," about nepotism law.