This week very clearly shows why Jared Kushner should lose his job at the White House. Kushner has never been qualified for his role, but his ongoing access to the nation’s most secret information has been an unacceptable threat to our national security. Kushner has repeatedly made critical omissions on his background check forms and has had to make dozens of revisions to his financial disclosure. On top of rightfully losing his clearance, multiple recent stories have further shown that the corruption Kushner brings to the White House is matched only by Trump himself, and maintaining his position continues to put our country at risk of foreign influence.
Kushner was stripped of his top-secret security clearance, after his ongoing access to the nation’s most secret information threatened our national security.
New York Times: “Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been stripped of his top-secret security clearance after months of delays in completing his background check, and will now be limited in his ability to view highly classified information, a White House official and another person familiar with Mr. Kushner’s situation said on Tuesday.”
Kushner met with Apollo Global Management in his official capacity at the White House, and then Apollo later gave his business a $184 million loan– three times the size of their average property loan.
New York Times: “Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management, was advising Trump administration officials on infrastructure policy. During that period, he met on multiple occasions with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said three people familiar with the meetings. Among other things, the two men discussed a possible White House job for Mr. Harris. The job never materialized, but in November, Apollo lent $184 million to Mr. Kushner’s family real estate firm, Kushner Companies. The loan was to refinance the mortgage on a Chicago skyscraper. Even by the standards of Apollo, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, the previously unreported transaction with the Kushners was a big deal: It was triple the size of the average property loan made by Apollo’s real estate lending arm, securities filings show.”
Jared Kushner met with Citigroup in his official capacity at the White House, and then Citigroup later gave his business an even larger $325 million loan.
New York Times: “An even larger loan came from Citigroup, which lent the firm and one of its partners $325 million to help finance a group of office buildings in Brooklyn. That loan was made in the spring of 2017, shortly after Mr. Kushner met in the White House with Citigroup’s chief executive, Michael L. Corbat, according to people briefed on the meeting.”
Several foreign governments have sought to take advantage of Kushner’s precarious financial situation and lack of foreign policy experience.
Washington Post: “Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.”
Kushner was reportedly meeting with foreign officials without officially disclosing those meetings or notifying National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.
Washington Post: “H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report. The issue of foreign officials talking about their meetings with Kushner and their perceptions of his vulnerabilities was a subject raised in McMaster’s daily intelligence briefings, according to the current and former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.”
A New York state banking regulator sought information from Deutsche Bank and two other financial institutions on their relationship with Jared Kushner and his business.
Reuters: “New York’s state banking regulator asked Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) and two other lenders for information on their relationships with U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his family’s real estate company, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) made the requests to Deutsche Bank, Signature Bank and New York Community Bank for information on loans and other financial arrangements including lines of credit and loan guarantees a week ago, the person said.”