Dozens Of White House Staffers Stripped Of Top Level Security Clearance

Posted March 02, 2018

The New York Times published an article detailing Harris' dealings with Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.

Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management, was advising Trump administration officials on infrastructure policy.

The New York Times reports Apollo Global Management, a private equity firm, lent $184 million to Kushner Companies in November.

Rachel Maddow threw out much of her scheduled program at the 11th hour Wednesday night when news broke that Jared Kushner met with businessmen whose companies later gave sizeable loans to his business, Kushner Companies. The agency is also requesting descriptions on how the banks processed Kushner's loans and whether the banks did any internal review of the Kushners and their companies, the person said.

At the same time, Kushner is the head of the Trump administration's effort to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians. Had Trump at the outset been forced to separate himself from his financial holdings and require Kushner to do the same, Trump might have avoided what we now have - the appearance of a corrupt family more akin to a Third World autocracy than a democratic government.

A Citigroup spokeswoman said the firm's relationship with Kushner Companies was not connected to Kushner's White House role.

But Kushner Companies' spokeswoman said they'd received no letter from the state and called the inquiries "harassment exclusively for political reasons".

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The New York regulator declined comment, as did Deutsche Bank. 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. "These types of inquiries appear to be harassment exclusively for political reasons". "Stories like these attempt to make insinuating connections that do not exist to disparage the financial institutions and companies involved", spokeswoman Christine Taylor said.

But the complicated finances surrounding the Kushner family's vast real-estate empire and his qualifications for the foreign policy responsibilities given to him by his father-in-law invited scrutiny from the start.

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell, said Kushner has had no role in Kushner Cos since joining the government.

On the same day Kushner's clearance was restricted, the Washington Post reported that the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico have targeted Kushner as a potential target for manipulation or blackmail because of his policy inexperience and sizable debt, according to current and former USA officials.

The letter from the DFS is seeking information-as well as communications and documents-surrounding the financial agreements between Kushner, his business dealings and the three banks, according to the source.

After a full year of having an interim top secret security clearance and being unable to get intelligence approval for permanent clearance, Kushner has finally had his clearance downgraded, thanks in large part to Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The narrative surrounding Kushner's business and political affairs have kept the attention of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting a broad inquiry into whether Russian Federation and people in Trump's orbit cooperated in efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.