Several individuals within the Trump administration, past and present, have found themselves under investigation including Trump’s own son-in-law Jared Kushner. Although they may never find any evidence of Kushner colluding with Russians, they have found some explosive evidence that reveals just how unethical he really is.
Newsweek reported Thursday that the House Judiciary Committee discovered Kushner hid the ownership of a real estate tech business and earned MILLIONS while working within the Trump administration.
‘Jared Kushner “enriched himself” by not revealing his ownership of a real estate tech business that raised millions of dollars while he served in the government, said a member of the House Judiciary Committee, calling it part of a pattern of unethical behavior that he believes should cause the White House Senior Adviser to be stripped of his security clearance.’
Specifically, Kushner “forgot” to list the company on financial disclosure forms. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) remarked:
‘It appears [Kushner] ended up being the beneficiary of that omission. He enriched himself by failing to disclose the asset.’
He also called for the revocation of Kushner’s security clearance on Twitter.
‘Today is Thursday. That means we need to ask again: Why does Jared Kushner still have a security clearance? Also, why does Ivanka have one?’
While in the White House, Kushner’s business “doubled its venture funding from rich private investors.’ Of course, his lawyer claims it was just an “administrative error.” However, it’s an administrative error that made Kushner plenty of money.
Those filling out financial disclosure forms are expected to reveal “‘100% of all financial interests’ from listed companies so they don’t violate conflict-of-interest laws.”
In addition to claiming it was an “administrative error,” they claim the company was obtained by BFPS Ventures and that deal was recorded as “a $100,000 to $250,000 sale.” However, Newsweek noted that the amount listed was contradicted when Kushner amended the form. His interest in the company was valued at $5 million to $25 million.
There is a major difference between $100,000 and $5 million.
Although they claim Kushner doesn’t have anything to do with the company and it’s just a “passive investment,” the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington take issue with the findings.
‘Mr. Kushner co-founded Cadre and continues to own a significant part of it. As a result [the Ethics Office] appears to have granted the certificate of divestiture based on incomplete information.’
When Kushner received the certificate, the Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub had resigned the day before on July 6. Shaub took major issue with the Trump administration’s unethical behaviors. However, David Apol, who replaced Shaub, signed off on it. Apol gets along much more with the Trump administration than Shaub ever did.
The executive branch ethics counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington explained the issues with Kushner’s failure to include the information on his financial disclosure form:
‘The point is, Cadre could result in a benefit to him and there’s no way for us to have any insight or to hold him accountable. In any other administration, he’d be required to divest of this asset. You line this up with [Kushner’s] failures on his security forms … and it’s a lot to just say it was an inadvertent failure. It looks like it’s a systemic problem and, in some cases, more than that.’
Can we all just agree that Kushner did this purposely? You don’t have that many “administrative errors” resulting in the absence of vital information being reported to government entities. If Kushner has had that many administrative errors, he needs to hire new people.
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