Kushner's business got big loans after White House meetings
- Author: Megan Austin Mar 02, 2018,
Mar 02, 2018, 3:07
Kushner, who had a broad portfolio in the White House, including leading Middle East peace negotiations and an effort to modernize and reduce the size of some government programs, lost his interim top-secret security clearance, two US officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
If DFS finds the loans somehow violate banking law, it could fine the banks or take other corrective action with regard to their business practices, said NY attorney Daniel Alter, former general counsel at DFS.
But Kushner Companies' spokeswoman said they'd received no letter from the state and called the inquiries "harassment exclusively for political reasons".
Jared Kushner's representatives did not respond to a request for comment. Reports have indicated Mueller has interest in Kushner's interaction with a Chinese company during the transition, Anbang Insurance, which was considering investing in the Kushner Cos. -owned 666 Fifth Ave. property in Manhattan.
One US official with knowledge of US intelligence confirmed that one of the countries, the UAE, has seemed particularly interested in cultivating ties with Mr Kushner. It soon emerged that a number of White House aides, including Kushner, had access to top-secret information even though their background checks were not complete.
Apollo spokesman Charles Zehren told the paper Harris was not involved in the decision to loan money to Kushner Cos.
"It makes an already hard situation all the more hard", said Mr Aaron David Miller, a former State Department Middle East negotiator and now a vice-president at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars. Deutsche Bank has been advised that it isn't a target of the Justice Department's inquiry, according to another person familiar with the matter.
Spokesmen for Deutsche Bank and New York Community Bank also declined to comment.
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The Journal reported in December that Deutsche Bank flagged in 2017 about $30 million in potentially suspicious transactions as part of an internal investigation into the bank's role handling money involving Paul Manafort or people and entities connected to him.
Indeed it isn't. There aren't many daughters whose fathers would have so many accusers, or would pay six-figure sums to porn star mistresses in exchange for their silence during a presidential campaign, as Trump did with Stormy Daniels in 2016.
Mr. Manafort faces a September trial on charges of conspiring against the USA, conspiring to launder money and failing to register as an agent of a foreign power.
Mr. Kushner resigned from his family's business after the 2016 election and sold his personal stake in some projects and assets to family members and others.
Also early in 2017, Kushner met with a chief exec from Citigroup in the White House.
Kushner has been forced to repeatedly correct omissions in his "SF-86", the government-wide form used to apply for clearances, as well as his financial disclosure forms, which experts said could delay or even end his chances of earning a clearance through the normal process.
Rebecca Davis O'Brien contributed to this article.