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White House Investigating Jared Kushner

The White House? Yes, the White House.

From the Wall Street Journal:

White House attorneys are examining whether two loans totaling more than $500 million to Jared Kushner’s family business may have violated any criminal laws or federal ethics regulations, according to a letter from a federal ethics agency made public Monday.

The Office of Government Ethics told a Democratic lawmaker in the letter that the White House is probing whether a $184 million loan from the real-estate arm of Apollo Global Management LLC and a $325 million loan from Citigroup Inc. may have run afoul of the rules and laws governing the conduct of federal employees.

Both loans went to the Kushner Cos., the private real-estate company founded by Mr. Kushner’s father and run by members of his family. Mr. Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and serves in a senior position in the White House, met with top executives of both Citi and Apollo before each loan was disbursed.

“I have discussed this matter with the White House Counsel’s Office in order to ensure that they have begun the process of ascertaining the facts necessary to determine whether any law or regulation has been violated,” wrote David Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics. “During that discussion, the White House informed me that they had already begun this process.”

An attorney for Mr. Kushner, Abbe Lowell, said that after the initial reporting on the loans, “the White House counsel concluded there was were no issues involving Jared.”

Mr. Lowell added that Mr. Kushner “was not involved with his former company after he entered government service; the transactions in question came after that; he had nothing to do with those transactions; the transactions had nothing to do with any of his meetings in the White House, and the people from the companies involved have confirmed that as well.”

One Response to White House Investigating Jared Kushner

  1. Family. sigh.
    It’s understandable that MrTrump wanted some trusted aides with him in the WhiteHouse and most of the Repubs who would have normally applied for jobs there were suspiciously otherwise employed.
    The President chose his family, son-in-law and daughter to be close and helpful.
    That was/is a mistake, but an understandable thought when MrTrump was shunned, insulted, and left alone to hire a staff that he might not have trusted for good reason.
    It never works to have family in the business, no matter what that business is or even if it’s politics.
    The Trump extended family is unlike most political families with their well-known attachments to the banking industry, real estate holdings, and even foreign investments.
    It’s time for the Kushners to move back to NYC or just out of the WhiteHouse. Ivanka can still be an asset, but Jared needs to put a lot of space between himself and his father-in-law.