House Democrats have had enough of the speculation surrounding Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. According to reports, Democrats are fed up over whether he did or did not collude with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
After a week that saw Kushner make back-to-back appearances in front of Senate and House intelligence committees behind closed doors, House Democrats have circulated a letter to be sent to President Trump calling for Kushner’s firing. It has accumulated nine signatures to date.
“Your son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner is currently under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” the lawmakers behind the letter write, according to a draft leaked to the press. “He is also plainly unfit for the highly influential position he currently occupies. We write to urge you in the strongest possible terms to dismiss him immediately.”
Even before speculation on the role he played in alleged 2016 Trump administration contacts with Russian officials, congressional Democrats’ eyebrows were raised at the remarkable amount of power given to Kushner despite a lack of qualifications. But as his tenure in the White House has worn on, his name has continuously popped up in reports of nefarious activity.
Democrats were incensed upon hearing Kushner obtained a security clearance despite failing to disclose business activity with business magnate George Soros; he has since amended his financial disclosure form to reveal a whopping 77 new undisclosed assets. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) who along with Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is spearheading the effort to get Kushner fired, said he doesn’t understand how Kushner still has his job.
“Why is he even still there? The idea that he still has a job is absolutely ridiculous,” Gallego said Thursday. “Anyone else would have already been fired or had federal charges filed for erroneous entries into SF-86.”
In his statement Monday, Kushner said the failure to disclose the assets was an honest mistake by one of his assistants and was quickly fixed. He claimed all his foreign contacts, not just the Russian ones, were missing from the form.
“Over the last six months, I have made every effort to provide the FBI with whatever information is needed to investigate my background,” he wrote. “I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form, above and beyond what is required.”
ABOUT JARED KUSHNER
Kushner is the elder son of real-estate developer Charles Kushner and is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. He was chief executive officer of the real-estate holding and development company Kushner Companies and of Observer Media, publisher of the New York Observer. He is the co-founder and part owner of Cadre, an online real-estate investment platform.
During the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, he helped develop and run Trump’s digital media strategy. On January 9, 2017, Kushner was named as a senior White House advisor. He consequently resigned as CEO of Kushner Companies and as publisher of the Observer, and his extensive private financial interests have become clearer following updates to the disclosure forms that he filed upon entering the federal government.
Kushner had four meetings with Russians during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition, but denies that any of those Russian contacts was improper or involved any collusion. On July 24, 2017, he issued an eleven-page statement detailing those contacts, and said: “Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him.
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