Jared Kushner

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Jared Corey Kushner (1981-) is a Zionist Jewish American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher who is currently (2017) a senior advisor to his father-in-law, Donald Trump, the president of the United States. Kushner is the elder son of real-estate developer Charles Kushner, and is married to Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter.

Philip Weiss writes (4 June 2007)[1]:

For a while the rumor mills said that The Observer [The New York Observer] would be bought by the actor Robert DeNiro and his producing partner. Then the next thing I knew, a tall, lanky Harvard grad named Jared Kushner, scion of a New Jersey real-estate family that was active in Jersey politics, was buying the paper. Peter [Kaplan] mentioned that the Kushners were observant Jews, and I found an online video file of Kushner at Harvard dedicating the new Chabad House, named for the sect of Hasidic Jews that originated in Lithuania 300 years ago. In the video, a handsome, besuited Kushner turned the microphone over to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

Michael Rochvarger reports (7 July 2014):[2]:

An investment group headed by the Jewish son-in-law of New York real estate magnate Donald Trump has agreed to buy control of the Israeli insurer Phoenix Holdings, at a price of 1.7 billion shekels ($497 million). Delek Group, the holding company that controls Phoenix, said yesterday it had signed a memorandum of understanding to sell its 47% stake in the insurance company to New York-based Kushner Group, headed by Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

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The Kushner Group has interests in real estate, insurance, media and banking. Most prominently, the group has owned Observer Media, which publishes the influential weekly newspaper and website The New York Observer since 2006. Jared Kushner bought it when he was 25 and has been credited with successfully expanding its business. Two years later, he took over as CEO of Kushner Group from his father, Charles, several years after the elder Kushner was convicted in federal court for making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering.

This article, dated 8 January 2017, says:

The Trump administration is set to inherit an ongoing tax investigation against Hapoalim Bank, which reportedly made several loans to family business of president-elect's confidante Jared Kushner.

This article, dated 11 January 2017, says:

[Jared] Kushner is the oldest son of Charles Kushner, a New Jersey real estate developer and prominent Democratic donor, who was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion and retaliation against a federal witness – his brother-in-law [William Schulder]. Charles Kushner hired a prostitute to entrap his brother-in-law, captured the encounter on camera, and sent the footage to his sister [Esther Kushner], the man’s wife.

Judy Maltz reports (25 January 2017): [3]

Since his appointment as senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, appears to have severed his ties with an organization that raises money for the Israeli army.

Kushner, who is expected to play a major role in drafting Middle East policy in the new administration, no longer has his name listed as a member of the national board of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, presumably because of potential conflicts of interest. FIDF is a New York-based non-profit that raises tens of millions of dollars a year to support a wide array of educational and social programs that benefit Israeli soldiers and their families.

Kushner’s name appeared on the FIDF website as a member of the national board until just two days ago. A day after Haaretz submitted questions both to the organization and to a spokeswoman for the Kushner family about his continued involvement on the board, it was suddenly removed.

This article, dated 3 December 2017, says:

Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year.

The latest development follows reports on Friday indicating the White House senior adviser attempted to sway a United Nations Security Council vote against an anti-settlement resolution passed just before Donald Trump took office, which condemned the structure of West Bank settlements. The failure to disclose his role in the foundation—at a time when he was being tasked with serving as the president’s Middle East peace envoy—follows a pattern of egregious omissions that would bar any other official from continuing to serve in the West Wing, experts and officials told Newsweek.

The first son-in-law has repeatedly amended his financial records since his initial filing in March, along with three separate revisions to his security clearance application. Despite correcting his financial history on multiple occasions, he has yet to include his role as co-director to the family foundation.

This article, dated 5 December 2017, says:

Amid three catastrophic Middle East wars, it would be difficult to imagine anything more provocative, dangerous – or just plain insane – than for the Americans to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Yet that is just what Donald Trump is thinking of doing this week. In a way, we should have expected this: mad presidents do mad things. But is there no one in the White House able to restrain him? Not even Jared Kushner, who is supposed to be Trump’s Middle East hand? Or is Kushner too bound up in his latest scandal – just revealed by Newsweek, that he failed to disclose his co-directorship of a foundation [the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation] funding illegal Jewish colonies in the West Bank when he filed financial records with the Office of Government Ethics this year – to speak out?

This article, dated 4 January 2018, says:

When Trump gave an interview to the New York Times last July in which he warned Mueller not to delve into his family’s finances, Bannon’s response was scathing. Wolff writes: “‘Ehhh … ehhh … ehhh!’ screeched Bannon, making the sound of an emergency alarm. ‘Don’t look here! Let’s tell a prosecutor what not to look at!’”

Bannon is specific about what he regards as the most dangerous aspect of the Mueller inquiry: “It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that.”

Last month it was revealed that federal prosecutors are looking into Kushner’s ties to Deutsche Bank. Those ties include the $285m borrowed from a bank which has been implicated in Russian money-laundering scandals to refinance his holding of part of the old New York Times building in Manhattan. Last July, the Guardian disclosed that Kushner bought the property from a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was named in a high-profile New York money-laundering case.

“Watch Kushner” and “watch Deutsche Bank” seems to be two of the takeaways from this extraordinary chapter in an exceptional presidency.

This article, dated 18 June 2018, says:

The Israelis already had ties to the Trump family: Netanyahu had a long friendship with Charles Kushner, the father of Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner. In recent years, the Kushners, Orthodox Jews who made their fortune in the real-estate business and hold conservative views on Israel, have donated large sums of money to Israeli causes and charities, including tens of thousands of dollars to a yeshiva in the Beit El settlement, in the West Bank. When Netanyahu visited the Kushners at their home in New Jersey, he sometimes stayed overnight and slept in Jared’s bedroom, while Jared was relegated to the basement.

This article, dated 6 August 2018, says:

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, has reportedly pressured Jordan to strip the refugee status of more than two million registered Palestinians living in the country.

According to a report in the U.S. magazine Foreign Policy, Kushner raised the issue with Jordanian officials in the region during his visit there in June.

This article, dated 7 August 2018, says:

Jared Kushner personally asked a software developer at his newspaper, the New York Observer, to delete critical articles about his friends and real estate associates, reports Buzzfeed News.

The revelations came to light after Austin Smith, a software employee who claims he carried out these tasks for Kushner, posted the story on a forum about unethical practices in the programming.

Stories removed included one about a settlement between then-New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo and a real estate firm Vantage Properties, who had been accused of evicting their tenants in order to raise the rent. Another was about the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver purchasing a $6.5 million apartment in New York.

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