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Breaking News - Jared Kushner's $2 Billion Saudi Check Was Way More Corrupt Than Previously Thought | Vanity Fair
The reason this smells so bad is that there is all sorts of evidence he did not receive this on the merits.

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"The reason this smells so bad is that there is all sorts of evidence he did not receive this on the merits."

By Bess Levin WASHINGTON, DC 

White House Senior Advisor and President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner reads a statment in front of West Wing of the White House after testifying behind closed doors to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election at the White House July 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. In a statement released before the meeting, Kushner said he met with people who represented or may have represented the Russian government four times. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Mark WilsonSave this storySaveSave this storySave

Back in April, The New York Timesreported that Jared Kushner's four years of Saudi ass-kissing and murder-excusing had paid off in the form of a $2 billion investment from the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund to his newly formed private equity firm. That struck a lot of people—ethics officials among them—as pretty shady given that far from having impressed would-be clients with his investing prowess, the panel that performs due diligence for the Saudi fund concluded that no one in their right mind would give the former first son-in-law a dime. Among other concerns, the panel noted that management was "inexperience[d]," that the kingdom would be responsible for "the bulk of the investment and risk," that its fee seemed "excessive," and that the firm's operations were "unsatisfactory in all aspects." Given those reservations, it warned that the country's Public Investment Fund should stay far, far away from Kushner's firm—a recommendation that was overturned by the fund's board, which happens to be led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, i.e., the guy who approved a plan to kidnap, kill, and dismember a journalist via bone saw and benefited from Kushner's unwavering support within the White House and reported insistence that the prince could "survive the outrage just as he [had] weathered past criticism." (Again, just so it's abundantly clear, the "outrage" and "criticism" were over a Saudi dissident and U.S. resident being chopped up into pieces.)

So, it wasn't that difficult for people to put two and two together and infer that Kushner's firm seemingly got $2 billion to invest—and at least $25 million to pocket regardless of performance!—as a thank-you for being so good to a human rights-abusing autocrat. And a new story from the Times suggests, somehow, even further shadiness than that.

The paper's Kate Kelly and David Kirkpatrickreport that "shortly before the 2020 election," Kushner unveiled a government-sponsored program dubbed the Abraham Fund, which the Trump administration said would raise $3 billion for projects around the Middle East, capitalizing on the Abraham Accords, the diplomatic agreements normalizing relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. As part of that endeavor, Kushner and then Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin "crisscrossed the Middle East in the final months of the administration on trips that included trying to raise money for the project." But according to the Times:

It was little more than talk: With no accounts, employees, income or projects, the fund vanished when Mr. Trump left office…. [The fund] was overseen by Adam Boehler, at the time the head of a newly formed development finance agency and a college roommate of Mr. Kushner's. Mr. Boehler joined Mr. Mnuchin on his Gulf visit in October and accompanied Mr. Kushner to Qatar and Saudi Arabia in December. Officials said the fund would invest in poorer countries that joined the accords, and its first projects were said to include upgrading checkpoints into Israel from the Palestinian territories and building a gas pipeline between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Neither project went anywhere. Nor did the efforts to enlist Gulf money. In January last year, Mr. Boehler announced the only publicly disclosed investment in the Abraham Fund: a "commitment of up to $50 million" from Uzbekistan, a relatively low-income country. Uzbek officials said at the time that they sought to reduce poverty and foster regional cooperation. Long criticized for human rights abuses, Uzbekistan had begun a lobbying push in Washington to improve its image after a leadership change; its new president also gave Mr. Trump a $2,950 silver replica of a historic building and his wife a $4,200 bed cover. But no money for the short-lived Abraham Fund was ever delivered.

Yet while the countries (and the people who live there) that were supposedly going to benefit from the Abraham Fund never saw any money materialize, Kushner and Mnuchin would soon be raking in the cash. As the Times notes, Mnuchin's newly formed commercial enterprise "received $500 million commitments from the Emiratis, Kuwaitis and Qataris," plus $1 billion from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, within a few short months of his time at the Treasury Department ending. And while Kushner took slightly longer to get things off the ground, his new firm "reached an agreement for a $2 billion investment from the Saudis six months after he left government." And while we would never suggest anything about this looks less than totally aboveboard, others seem to believe it might be!


…an examination of the two men's travels toward the end of the Trump presidency raises other questions about whether they sought to exploit official relationships with foreign leaders for private business interests. In the weeks after the election, Mr. Kushner made three trips to the Middle East, the last for a Jan. 5 summit in Saudi Arabia with leaders of the Gulf monarchies. Mr. Mnuchin that day began a tour through the region that was planned to include private meetings with the heads of the sovereign wealth funds of Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait—all future investors. The path from public service to private investing is well trod by members of both parties. The two Treasury secretaries under President Barack Obama later went to Wall Street. But Mr. Kushner and Mr. Mnuchin stand out, ethics experts said, for the speed of their pivots and for the sums they raised from foreign rulers they had recently dealt with on behalf of the United States…. Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis who studies government ethics, said each fund raised different issues. For Mr. Kushner, she said, "the reason this smells so bad is that there is all sorts of evidence he did not receive this on the merits." But for Mr. Mnuchin, who was a successful investor before entering government, the biggest question is whether he was burnishing relationships as Treasury secretary that he knew would be useful to him in the near future, Ms. Clark said. "If he was, that is an abuse of his office," she said. "I don't know if it is criminal, but it is certainly corrupt."

Kushner declined the Times' request for comment. A spokesman for Mnuchin denied to the Times that he had solicited investments while working in government and claimed, without providing specifics, that some of the details of the story were inaccurate. The spokesperson added that the firm has diverse backers, "including U.S. insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and other institutional investors."


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JBB
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1  seeder  JBB    one week ago

I Told You So!

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.1  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @1    one week ago

You told no one nothing.

It is still a legit business transaction that was properly recorded. Kushner's company is only earning fee's and charges on investing the 2 billion. If they don't succeed in growing the 2 billion the Saudis can take it back.

The company will still have to pay US taxes on any profits it makes off the fees and charges.

This isn't like Hunter and Joe's brother receiving millions from foreign countries (many our enemies) for doing jack shit of nothing; and hiding the transactions through LLC's that likewise did nothing.

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1stwarrior
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2  1stwarrior    one week ago

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Hallux
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2.1  Hallux  replied to  1stwarrior @2    one week ago

Why stop there and not go full throttle 1984? 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  1stwarrior @2    one week ago

This is nothing more than a "yeah but" distraction deflection from the Hunter story.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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2.2.1  afrayedknot  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.2    one week ago

“…the Hunter story.” 
Which is just of what importance? 

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
2.2.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.1    one week ago
Which is just of what importance?

No one is above the law remember? Even though dad may be PotUS

Ask the people who are trying to distract from it. He broke the law and this one doesn't even need an activist judge or DA to make it a felony. It already is.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.2.3  Hallux  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.1    one week ago
Which is just of what importance? 

It's a 'righteous' hammer looking for a nail ... any facsimile of a nail will do.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2.4  devangelical  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.1    one week ago

guilt by relation, instead of association...

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2.2.5  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  devangelical @2.2.4    one week ago

If you’re buying guns and not related to Joe Biden these hardcore 2A enthusiasts couldn’t care less what drugs you’re on.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
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2.2.6  afrayedknot  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.2.2    one week ago

“Ask the people who are trying to distract from it…”

So just asking, just jim…are you willing to address any familial indiscretions in the comfort of anonymity or would you rather have them aired for every impressionable commentator to opine upon? 

 
 
 
George
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2.2.7  George  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.2.5    one week ago

That's a lie.

 
 
 
Hallux
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2.2.8  Hallux  replied to  George @2.2.7    one week ago
That's a lie.

It's an exaggeration, something you are 'well' schooled in.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2.2.9  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  George @2.2.7    one week ago

Sure.  Thats why it is only prosecuted if you have the wrong last name.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2.2.10  Greg Jones  replied to  afrayedknot @2.2.1    one week ago
“…the Hunter story.” Which is just of what importance?" 

He's Biden's baby boy who has actually broken some laws, daddy is interfering in the case.

 
 
 
George
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2.2.11  George  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @2.2.9    one week ago

That's a lie.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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2.2.12  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  George @2.2.11    one week ago

ARE THE CHARGE AGAINST HUNTER BIDEN UNUSUAL?

Yes. The government rarely charges someone for false statements on gun purchase forms unless the accused is also charged with a violent crime, according to a Government Accountability Office report, cited by Hunter Biden's legal team. More than 80 million American adults own a firearm, but only about 1,000 a year are investigated for false statements on a gun purchase form, and even fewer are charged, according to the GAO.
 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2.14  Gsquared  replied to  Greg Jones @2.2.10    one week ago
daddy is interfering in the case

That's a bunch of B.S.  The case is going to trial.   There is not the slightest bit of evidence to support your comment.

 
 
 
Krishna
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2.3  Krishna  replied to  1stwarrior @2    one week ago
Wish there was some way we could block all Trump stories from showing up on the FP - they are ruining what NT was/is designed to be.

Well perhaps we should have a rule that it is verboten to seed news stories on The Newstalkers.

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Jeremy Retired in NC
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3  Jeremy Retired in NC    one week ago

So we are regurgitating nonsense now.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  devangelical  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3    one week ago

it's worked for trump the last 8 years...

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  devangelical @3.1    one week ago

And Democrats since the creation of their party.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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3.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1.1    one week ago

And Democrats since the creation of their party.

You're just mad that trump lost. 

 
 
 
bugsy
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3.1.3  bugsy  replied to  MrFrost @3.1.2    one week ago
ou're just mad that trump lost. 

And you're still mad Hillary lost.

What's your point?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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3.1.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  bugsy @3.1.3    one week ago

256

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Expert
3.1.5  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  devangelical @3.1    one week ago

Making you all cry?  It has.  Initially it was entertaining.  8 years later it's just sad and pathetic.  

 
 
 
George
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4  George    one week ago

Another worthless piece of shit democrat shill working as a reporter, we need look no fartehr than this to show that this is nothing but propaganda that will only fool the most ignorant partisans among us.

Back in April, The New York Timesreported that Jared Kushner's four years of Saudi ass-kissing and murder-excusing had paid off in the form of a $2 billion investment
 
 
 
JBB
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4.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  George @4    one week ago

Sorry if the truth traumatized you...

 
 
 
George
Junior Expert
4.1.1  George  replied to  JBB @4.1    one week ago

Why would i be traumatized? I'm not stupid enough to believe it. The problem with articles like this is the people who believe it aren't even embarrassed later when proven wrong because the lack the integrity to do so. It's like the Jussie Smollett story. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
5  Gsquared    one week ago
Jared Kushner's $2 Billion Saudi Check Was Way More Corrupt Than Previously Thought

No, not really.  It's just a corrupt as we knew all along.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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5.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Gsquared @5    one week ago
It's just a corrupt as we knew all along.

Now you have to just prove it.  So far, you all have failed.

 
 

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