Jared Kushner Summoned to Accountability

Lawmakers probe potential security risks in high-profile financial dealings.

by Nouman Rasool
Jared Kushner Summoned to Accountability
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In a move stirring the political cauldron in Washington, D.C., Democratic Representatives Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Robert Garcia of California have thrown a spotlight on the financial transactions involving Jared Kushner, former President Donald Trump's son-in-law, post his tenure at the White House.

The two lawmakers have vocally requested their Republican counterparts to convene a hearing to scrutinize a substantial $2 billion investment funneled into Kushner's private equity firm, Affinity Partners. This investment, originating from a fund overseen by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was secured merely six months after Kushner's departure from his advisory role to Trump in January 2021.

This call for oversight emerges amidst Republican efforts to impeach President Joe Biden, alleging undue advantages gleaned from his son, Hunter Biden's overseas business engagements. Parallel to these developments, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee had previously unveiled a report accusing Trump's businesses of netting millions from foreign transactions during his presidency.

In a rebuttal, Eric Trump, The Trump Organization’s executive vice president, labeled the report's findings as baseless, asserting that profits derived from dealings with foreign governments were willingly contributed to the United States Treasury.

Kushner's Influence Scrutinized

In a detailed letter addressed to prominent Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, including Committee Chair James Comer of Kentucky and Representative Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, Raskin and Garcia underscored the urgency of investigating Kushner’s alleged leveraging of influence for financial gain.

They argued that Kushner's activities could potentially compromise national security, especially considering the timing of his ventures as Trump eyes the 2024 presidential nomination. The letter also highlighted Comer's previous acknowledgment of ethical breaches by Kushner, with a commitment to probing into these matters further, thus amplifying the call for transparency and accountability in dealings involving high-ranking U.S.

officials' family members. In defense of Kushner, Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan praised Kushner's diplomatic endeavors, particularly his role in the Abraham Accords Act, a significant peace agreement between Israel and several Arab nations.

Jordan criticized the Democrats' focus on Kushner, suggesting a partisan bias against recognizing Kushner's contributions to diplomacy. The discourse took a contentious turn when Raskin introduced a motion to subpoena Kushner for details regarding the $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia, a motion that was shelved by Jordan and Comer during discussions on Hunter Biden.

This unfolding drama underscores the intricate web of politics, power, and international finance, as bipartisan tensions flare over the ethical implications of the personal financial dealings of those once in the corridors of power.

As the situation develops, the call for a hearing over Kushner’s financial engagements highlights the ongoing debate over accountability and ethics in political and international relations.