Jared Corey Kushner (born January 10, 1981) is an American investor, real-estate developer, and newspaper publisher who is currently senior advisor to his father-in-law, Donald Trump, the President of the United States. Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s daughter and advisor.
Jared Kushner is the son of Charles and Seryl Kushner. Charles was a new Jersey real-estate developer and son of immigrants and Jewish Holocaust survivors.
Charles Kushner donated $2.5 million to Harvard University, Jared was accepted there a short time later – An official at Jared’s high school claimed that Jared’s test scores were not Ivy League standard.
Jared went on to graduate school from N.Y.U. and was admitted just months after Charles Kushner rented office space to N.Y.U. David Dunlap, a N.Y.U. official stated “The university was the recipient of a wonderful gift as part of this transaction, and N.Y.U. is most grateful to Mr.Kushner.”
Charles Kushner was being investigated for criminality for his campaign donations when he admitted under a plea deal, for paying a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, video taping it and then showing it to his sister. His brother-in-law and sister were corporating with prosecuters and the tape was considered revenge.
Charles Kusher pled guilty to tax evasion, witness tampering and 18 counts of illegal campaign donations and was sentanced to two years in jail.
Jared Kushner then took over as chief executive officer of the real-estate holding and development company Kushner Companies, and of Observer Media, publisher of the New York Observer.
Kushner had been a lifelong democrat and has a history of donating to democrat candidates including $6,000 to Hillary Clinton and $10,000 to democrat candidates as recently as 2014.
During the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, Kushner helped develop and run Trump’s digital media strategy. On January 9, 2017, Kushner was named as a senior White House advisor. Jared consequently resigned as CEO of Kushner Companies, and as publisher of the Observer.
Kushner was required to fill out “Standard Form 86: Questionnaire for National Security Positions”. Kushner’s initial SF-86 form did not disclose any meetings with foreign government officials, and Kushner did not personally verify the correctness of the information on his form. As such, Kushner failed to disclose that he had met in December 2016 with Russian officials, including Ambassador Kislyak and Sergei Gorkov, chairman of a Russian government-owned bank, Vnesheconombank (VEB).
During Donald Trump’s transition to the White House Jared Kushner (Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor) proposed to Segei Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to Washington that they should set up a secret channel of communication using secure Russian facilities.
Kislyak reported to Moscow that Kushner, made the proposal during a meeting on December 1 or 2 2016, at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials.
Kislyak also told his superiors in Moscow that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, the Washington Post reported, citing US officials briefed on intelligence reports.
The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.
The continued presence of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the White House constitutes both a legal liability and a political embarrassment for Trump.
There has been a large amount of public scrutiny over Jared kusner and Ivanka Trump’s use of private email accounts to conduct White House business.
“Mr. Kushner uses his White House email address to conduct White House business,” Abbe Lowell, Kusher’s lawyer, said in a statement on September 24. “Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account. These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.”
In response Kushner and Ivanka re-routed their personal email accounts to computers run by the Trump Organization, internet registration records show, this happened on either Sept. 26 or 27.
The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts.
In January 2017, a Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier legal memos erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, to take a senior adviser position in the White House.
The newly disclosed opinions, detail how Justice Department lawyers concluded for decades that such appointments of family members were illegal under an anti-nepotism law passed in 1967.
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law has defended his actions during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, after giving evidence to a Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the election.
“The record and documents I have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign,” Kushner said outside the White House.
“Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses. And I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information.”
Speaking at the White House after a closed-door session of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kushner said he had been “fully transparent in providing all the requested information”.
In a statement to both congressional committees released before the Senate session on Monday, he said there were “hardly any” contacts with Russian representatives, adding later that there were “perhaps four”.
Bannon then spoke at length about the internal battles that existed within the White House. Bannon called the two sides “The Democrats” and the “Nationalists”. The Democrats, comprising Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, and Dina Powell. The Nationalists, comprising Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka, and Peter Navarro. Jared Kushner called the Nationalists either “the crazies” or “Breitbart”.
At the beginning of Trump’s presidency the Nationalists were particularly strong, about this time period, Bannon reflected:
“You had to be a disruptor and keep people on their back heels. That’s why we were doing three E.O.s a day. I told Reince that if you slow down, they’ll pick us apart with the palace intrigue stuff, which is what they really want to write.”
During his time in the White House, Bannon clashed with Kushner and Ivanka. Bannon said:
“He doesn’t know anything about the hobbits or the deplorables. The railhead of all bad decisions is the same railhead: Javanka.”
Trump decided to fire James Comey following a meeting with Kushner, Ivanka and Stephen Miller over the weekend of May 6 and 7, Bannon’s repsonse was:
“It’s the dumbest political decision in modern political history, bar none. A self-inflicted wound of massive proportions.”
On reflection of the Trump Russia allegations, Bannon talked about Kushner and his meetings with Russians:
“He’s taking meetings with Russians to get additional stuff. This tells you everything about Jared. They were looking for the picture of Hillary Clinton taking the bag of cash from Putin. That’s his maturity level.”
In response to Bannon’s claims, Jared Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell stated:
“Steve Bannon may regret not being in the White House anymore, but that is not an excuse for him peddling false stories about Jared or anyone else.”
Bannon also accused Kushner of making bad decisions:
“We have a decision-making problem. We make a lot of bad decisions, and the bad decisions have to do with you.”