Corruption and scandals continuously seem to plague members of the Trump family. Last month, several women came forward to accuse President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. Then, more old secrets resurfaced when Trump Jr admitted to exchanging Twitter DMs with WikiLeaks, the infamous, document dumping, international organization. Today, Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner is being accused of illegally inflating rent rates.This revelation comes only months after Kushner was identified as a person of interest in the FBI’s investigation into potential collusion between the 2016 Trump Campaign and the Russian government. You can watch a YouTube video of show host James Corden addressing that issue below:
On Tuesday, six Brooklyn residents who are tenants of Kushner went to the state supreme court and filed a report against Kushner Companies, claiming that the wealthy real estate mogul was illegally charging them according to the fluctuating rates determined by the free markets, as opposed to the more fixed and predictable rent-stabilized rates.
Kushner Companies is a successful American real estate. Many of the company’s properties are concentrated in the northern states, specifically in New York and New Jersey. One of Kushner Companies’ most famous properties is the Puck Building, located in New York City.
Jared Kushner isn’t the first in his family to be associated with illegal activity. Charles Kushner, Jared’s father and founder of Kushner Companies, served time in federal prison after he was busted for tax evasion and witness tampering.
At that point, ownership of the company fell into Jared’s hands.
Jared Kushner married President Trump’s daughter Ivanka in 2009, making him the president’s son-in-law.
Furthermore, this is the third time that Kushner’s tenants have sued him for inflating rent rates. In the most recent lawsuit, which is backed by the Housing Rights Initiative, residents at 18 Sydney place in Brooklyn say their rent prices should be stabilized. For whatever reason, people have continued to look to Kushner Companies to rent property.
Despite the accusations, some critics of the lawsuit have flocked to Kushner’s defense. For example, the spokesperson for the company, Christine Taylor has stated that the lawsuits are invalid and “without merit.”
Those who work at Kushner Company may not be the most mortally sound and reliable people, according to an incident that took place in May. Kushner’s sister, Nicole Meyer serves in a significant role at the company. She received criticism and backlash over the summer for potentially suggesting to foreign nationals that she could leverage the fact that her brother was currently a member of the Trump Administration. She brought up her brother’s current mode of employment as she pitched a proposal to Beijing investors at a business meeting, a decision that made her look somewhat like this:
Aaron Carr, the director expressed his opposition to Taylor’s comments.” A predator that has been hiding in plain sight,” Carr said of Kushner, according to The New York Daily News.
The fact that America’s richest individuals continue to take advantage of average American citizens is an unfortunate side effect of a capitalistic, and money driven society. Kushner Companies had successfully overcome 2 past allegations of inflating rent rates, so it’s likely that the real estate company will continue to thrive long after these allegations fade into the past. More measures must be taken to prevent large companies from taking advantage of American consumers.
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