Jared Kushner calls to face the music

Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Robert Garcia of California called on Republicans to hold a hearing for Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner on a $2 billion investment his private equity firm received after he left the White House.

Democrats have often discussed money that Kushner's company, Affinity Partners, received from a fund headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The investment was received six months after Kushner left his role as Trump's White House adviser in January 2021. It comes as Republicans are trying to impeach President Joe Biden over allegations that the president benefited from his son Hunter Biden's foreign dealings while he was in office.

Meanwhile, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee earlier released a report alleging that Trump's companies received millions of dollars in foreign payments while he was in office. Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, dismissed the report's findings as a “joke” and said all of the company's profits from its business with foreign governments were voluntarily donated to the U.S. Treasury.

On Tuesday, Raksin, the ranking member on the Oversight and Accountability Committee, and Garcia, the ranking member on the Homeland Security, Border, and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, sent a letter asking the top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee to hold a meeting. Listen to Kushner's “clear peddling of influence and quid pro quo actions he has taken to reshape US foreign policy in the Middle East.”

Jared Kushner, CEO and founder of Affinity Partners on September 20, 2022, in New York City. Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Robert Garcia of California called on Republicans to hold a hearing…


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“We are writing to urge you to hold a hearing on Jared Kushner's apparent influence peddling and quid pro quo deals involving investments in exchange for formal actions and to examine the resulting threats to our national security. Our request comes in light of allegations that Jared Kushner and the Democrats wrote in the letter to Republican Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky and Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, who chairs a House subcommittee, “Pursuing New Foreign Trade Deals, Just as Donald Trump Becomes the Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee.” Billboard.

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The letter goes on to note that Comer had previously indicated that Republicans would also have questions for members of the Trump family, including Kushner, with Comer admitting “that Mr. Kushner's conduct 'crossed the line of ethics' and promising that the Oversight Committee would investigate Mr. Kushner.” “

“This committee cannot claim to be investigating attempts by foreign nationals to target and coerce family members of high-ranking U.S. officials by offering money or other benefits in exchange for certain actions while continuing to ignore these matters,” Raskin and Garcia added.

Newsweek I reached out to Raskin, Garcia and Comer's office via email for comment.

Tuesday's letter comes after Raskin filed a motion to subpoena Kushner for information about investing in his private equity firm.

However, the proposal was made by Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan and Comer during a meeting regarding Hunter Biden.

Jordan said Kushner had a positive influence on diplomacy, including being one of the “key officials” involved in the Abraham Accords Act — a diplomatic agreement between Israel and Arab countries that Trump brokered in September 2020.

“But of course the Democrats don't want to acknowledge that,” Jordan added.

In response, Raskin then said he had a proposal, and that he would like the committee to move to subpoena Kushner “to compel him to testify regarding $2 billion raised from Saudi Arabia after his service within the White House.”

Raskin's proposal has since been mooted.