Since Donald Trump became president three years ago, members of his administration have repeatedly suggested in both word and deed that they believe they’re above the law, beyond congressional oversight, and not subject to the rules that apply to everyone else.
Take, for example, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, who is drawing scrutiny for a meeting he held with Chinese investors at a time when he was working as a member of the administration while also seeking funding for some of his real estate projects, CNBC reports.
In November 2017, as President Trump was on a 12-day tour of Asia, a meeting was held that didn’t appear on White House or State Department agendas: A meeting with Chinese private equity investors that was arranged by Jared Kushner and U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad. And that meeting just so happened to coincide with the fact that Kushner was trying to lure investors for two multi-billion dollar deals the president’s son-in-law was desperate to arrange because he needed such large sums of money:
“At the time of the meeting, the Kushner family was under fire for its pursuit of overseas investors while Jared Kushner occupied a senior role advising the president on foreign policy ranging from Middle East peace to trade with China and Mexico. Kushner reported divesting his stake in the family company, and his siblings took the reins of the business and its search for foreign investment.”
That’s not the only questionable thing Kushner’s company did in order to assure that they got investors hot for the business deals they were trying to consummate:
“In the months immediately prior to the meeting, Kushner’s sister Nicole Kushner Meyer referred to Jared at an event urging wealthy Chinese investors to buy $500,000 visas to come to the United States and participate in an upcoming New Jersey project. The Washington Post and New York Times reported that investors at the Beijing sales pitch saw Jared Kushner’s celebrity status as a draw. Meyer later issued a formal apology, saying it was not her intention to use Jared to ‘lure investors.'”
It wasn’t her intention to lure investors? Are we supposed to believe that bullshit line?
When public interest groups and the media began asking questions about Jared’s attempt to make business deals while also serving in the White House, the State Department declined to expedite those requests, saying they could release the documentation no sooner than July 2021, months after the 2020 election is over with.
This whole thing stinks to high heaven. It’s time for congressional committees to get involved and see what they can dig up. And if that doesn’t work, then subpoenas from the Attorney General for the state of New York should start flying.