After President-elect Donald Trump named son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior advisor Monday, Forbes has brought up 15-year-old incident involving Kushner’s father.
According to Forbes, Bill Clinton was paid $125,000 fifteen years ago to deliver a speech at Kushner Companies in Florham Park, NJ.
The speech was given on October 17, 2001, less than a year after Bill Clinton left the White House.
Back in 2001, the Kushners, Clintons and Trumps could not have predicted how history would unfold. At the time, Hillary Clinton was only just beginning her independent political career as a U.S. senator. Donald Trump was overseeing his business empire. Ivanka Trump started dating Jared Kushner six years after Bill Clinton delivered the speech. And Jared’s father Charles, a Democratic heavyweight, was still leading the Kushner Companies.
In a request for a comment, Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, brushed off this report, saying, “It was 15 years ago,” and questioned how it is even relevant.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the company paid for this speech since the Kushner family has a long history of supporting Democrats.
According to Forbes, Jared has given more than $60,000 to Democratic committees and $11,000 to Hillary’s campaigns in past years. Jared’s father, Charles Kushner, has given over $1 million to Democrats, including $90,000 for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate run.
This report comes in the midst of the controversy surrounding Kushner being named as Trump’s senior advisor.
Liberals are outraged with this appointment, claiming Kushner will have “conflicts of interest” due to his financial holdings. They are also saying this appointment violates a 1967 anti-nepotism law since Kushner is the son-in-law of the President-elect.
Both of these accusations are starting to be shut down:
The New York Post reported that Kushner has disclosed plans to sell most of his New York holdings, all his foreign holdings, his stake in the family real-estate business and his ownership of the weekly New York Observer.
Kushner will also not take a salary while he serves under the Trump administration.
In an email to the Post, David Brock, who backed Hillary Clinton during the election, said Kushner will most likely be able to hold this position, despite his relationship with Trump.
“While the anti-nepotism law is a murky landscape, Kushner appears to be taking the proper steps regarding the ethics and disclosure requirements for federal employees,” Brock said.
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