Well, here’s some good news for those concerned about exposing potential corruption around members of the Trump family, particularly the former president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
A recent report from the news publication The New Republic said that Democrats in Congress have assembled hundreds of pages of evidence on financial dealings in which the duo engaged while they also served in ostensible roles within the Trump administration. Like the now former president himself, neither had any prior experience in government positions, though they nonetheless helped shape the U.S. response to massive crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The source said Democratic investigators had assembled 400 pages’ worth of evidence related to alleged personal financial dealings that Trump daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, reportedly engaged in while they were both on the government payroll, ostensibly serving as aides to Ivanka’s daddy,” that report said.
There are already clear indications in the public record that Ivanka and Jared were bringing in large sums while in government. They reported potentially upwards of half a billion dollars in outside earnings during Trump’s term, meaning money made outside the federal government. (Some financial disclosure forms only require numerical ranges to be reported rather than precise amounts.) A significant source for some of their income was the now defunct Trump hotel that operated in Washington, D.C., while the former president was in office. Ivanka reportedly made $13 million in connection to that property in a period coinciding with her father’s presidential tenure.
For now, much of the most high-profile investigative work from House members is focusing on unsupported claims of involvement by President Joe Biden in ostensibly corrupt business dealings with family members of his, which House Republicans are trying to use to fuel a possible impeachment. Even if the House impeached Biden, it would be nearly certain the initiative would go absolutely nowhere considering the continued Democratic control in the Senate, where a large majority would be needed for effectuating a removal from office. Read more here.