House committee investigates Jared Kushner’s relationship with Saudis

Jared Kushner’s warm relationship with Saudi Arabia has long drawn attention. She is now the subject of a House inquiry.

House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) sent a letter to Kushner on Thursday requesting information about a $2 billion investment the Saudi government has made in the fledgling company. Kushner’s investment fund just six months after leaving the White House.

“The Committee is concerned about your decision to seek billions of dollars from the Saudi government immediately following your significant involvement in shaping US-Saudi relations,” the eight-page letter reads.

“Your close relationship with Crown Prince bin Salman [and] your pro-Saudi positions under the Trump administration…create the appearance of a quid pro quo for your foreign policy work under the Trump administration.

The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) reportedly made the investment despite objections from its own advisers, who, among other things, worried about Kushner’s inexperience and $25 million annual management fee.

They were called off by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who developed a relationship with Kushner during his time in the White House that was so close it reportedly alarmed senior government officials.

How close were they? After Salman personally approved the operation to assassinate and dismember Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and fierce critic of his policies, he enlisted Kushner’s help in cleaning up the political mess. The two often communicated via personal WhatsApp texts.

“Your support for Saudi interests was unwavering,” the letter noted, “even as Congress and the rest of the world scrutinized the country’s human rights abuses in Yemen, the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by assassins Saudis linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. , and Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on political dissidents at home.

In April, a presentation that Kushner’s company gave to potential clients was obtained by The Intercept, a nonprofit investigative news organization. The business model described therein, as characterized by the Oversight Committee, is focused on “the business of relationships [Kushner] built by working for [his] stepfather in the White House.

A spokesperson for Kushner told The New York Times that Kushner “fully complied with all legal and ethical guidelines during and after his government service.”

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