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Rogue Report: Breaking Kushner (04/06/2017)

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    Nothing to see. If you're interested your best bet is to listen in one window, play around on GIM or surf the web in a different window.

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    Rogue Report: Breaking Kushner (04/06/2017)
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    Perfect theme song...................

     
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    This report on Jarrard Kushner and the Kushner family and associates is mind boggling. We have the Jewish Mafia in the White House.
     
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    Jared Kushner is in business with George Soros, Peter Thiel and Goldman Sachs and has personally guaranteed vast borrowing from European banks - but never declared his financial secrets
    • The Wall Street Journal found that Jared Kushner didn't report on government filings that he was still a partial owner in the real estate start-up Cadre
    • Cadre connects investors with real estate projects and early on the company reached out to Peter Thiel and George Soros, a prominent Democratic donor
    • Kushner's lawyer said that the White House aide did list the umbrella company that his Cadre ownership is under and is in the process of revising his disclosures


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4467542/Kushner-business-Soros-Peter-Thiel-Goldman.html#ixzz4fy5tl4tU
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    BREAKING NEWS: FBI is focusing on Jared Kushner in Russian probe as they look at meetings he held with Putin's ambassador during Trump campaign
    • A federal probe of Russian election interference is now focusing on contacts involving President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner
    • Kushner was revealed to have met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December
    • He also met with the head of a top Russian bank
    • Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump, and was with President Trump in Rome when he met the Pope
    • Investigators also focusing on fired national security aide Mike Flynn and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort
    • Kushner has a multimillion real estate empire and serves as a senior advisor to Trump in the White House


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4543388/Federal-Russia-investigators-focusing-Jared-Kushner.html#ixzz4i8e5bRbQ
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    Jared Kushner Is Under FBI Scrutiny Over Russia Ties, and He Speaks Publicly
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    Trump Son-In-Law Jared Kushner is Now The Focus of The FBI Investigation Into Russian Collusion
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    BREAKING NEWS: The Washington Post and NBC report that Presidential Son-In-Law AND Trump Advisor Jared Kushner is now the target of the FBI Investigation into meddling with the 2016 Presidential Election. The FBI is concerned about the "EXTENT AND NATURE" of Kushner's contacts with the Russians. CNN Panel with Erin Burnette, Dan Pfeiffer, Rick Santorum debate the relevance.
     
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    BREAKING NEWS - Jared Kushner 'wanted secret communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin using Russian diplomatic facilities in the US'
    • Jared Kushner met with Russia's ambassador to US at Trump Tower in December
    • President's son-in-law reportedly proposed a secret back-channel of communications between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin
    • Kushner reportedly suggested to Sergey Kislyak that Russian diplomatic facilities be used in order to avoid detection by US authorities
    • Investigators believe the matters discussed during the meeting have relevance to ongoing probe into alleged ties between Trump campaign and Russia


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    Here's the WaPo on Kushner's alleged request of secret channels to Moscow:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...ac8b446820a_story.html?utm_term=.6bcb7f45df11

    Easy enough to ignore it as just more WaPo fake news, but keep in mind the meeting where this happened supposedly never happened (Undisclosed by Kush or other campaign officials) until they were leaked to the media.
     
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    Gawd...
    They said yesterday or this morning he was " on the list " to be questioned as he might know about some stuff others did ....
    Now its twisted into "focus" by some...
    Total witch hunt.
    Who the hay cares ???
    Total Russian boogie man junk from my wee childhood is back.
    Gotta go hide under my school desk now.
    Lol...
     
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    Ya gotta love how some papers write headlines.......................(lol)

    Trump aides dodge questions about Jared's Russian 'back-channel' arrangement and insist it 'never came up' at the G7 – while TVs in the room play nonstop news about controversy
    • Washington Post report alleges that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner sought his own back-channel of communications with Moscow
    • Trump aides insisted Saturday in Italy that the subject of White House staffers' allegedly illicit Russia connections never came up during the G7 summit
    • Gary Cohn and H.R. McMaster mad that claim while TVs in the briefing room played CNN stories about the latest drip in the administration's Russia headache
    • 'We're not going to comment on Jared. We're just not going to comment,' Cohn insisted
    • McMaster punted questions to Sean Spicer, who was in the room but indicated that he wouldn't be doing any Q&A himself


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    'We'd consider it espionage': Bush's CIA Director says Jared Kushner could be guilty of SPYING over his alleged 'plan for a secret back-channel to Russia'
    • The White House is reportedly in crisis mode as it tries to beef up its legal team
    • Trump is said to be planning a meeting with his private legal team on Sunday
    • Aides have been preparing a list of interviewees for Trump who could join team
    • It is also reported Kushner asked the White House counsel to deny his name had been brought up by federal investigators, but Donald McGahn declined to do so


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    No denials yet?
     
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    REALIST NEWS - Kushner Role In White House Suddenly Unclear; May "Return To Private Life"
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    Ivanka is 'not sold' on Washington life and plans to 'review every six months' whether to return to NYC as it's claimed under-fire Jared is 'miserable' at the White House while Russia probe turns its glare on him
    • President Trump's daughter Ivanka reportedly 'likes' but does not 'love' DC
    • She and her husband Jared Kushner have not made a long-term commitment to the White House
    • The couple will consider every six months whether they will return to private life
    • Kushner is reportedly 'miserable' because he has been unable to accomplish what he wants to under his father-in-law Trump
    • He is also the most recent focus of the Russia probe as a conversation between him and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak has come to light


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    Trump says he has 'total confidence' in Jared Kushner even as White House officials 'are urging the president's son-in-law to take a leave of absence' in light of escalating FBI Russia probe
    • President Trump gave public vote of confidence to his embattled son-in-law
    • Nonetheless, officials reportedly urged Jared Kushner to take leave of absence
    • President's son-in-law and senior adviser is focus of an FBI investigation
    • Kushner reportedly tried to set up secret line of communication with Kremlin
    • Trump slammed the reports about Kushner over the weekend as 'fake news'
    • White House insiders say that Kushner will not leave because he is a 'made man'


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    Really...it makes you really think about how sick
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    Three Anti-Trump Leakers Identified Expected to Be Fired Soon! This Is Treason
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    Jared Kushner and his partners used a program meant for job-starved areas to build a luxury skyscraper

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    JERSEY CITY — Jared Kushner and his real estate partners wanted to take advantage of a federal program in 2015 that would save them millions of dollars as they built an opulent, 50-story residential tower in this city’s booming waterfront district, just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan.

    There was just one problem: The program was designed to benefit projects in poor, job-starved areas.

    So the project’s consultants got creative, records show.

    They worked with state officials in New Jersey to come up with a map that defined the area around 65 Bay Street as a swath of land that stretched nearly four miles and included some of the city’s poorest and most crime-ridden neighborhoods. At the same time, they excluded some wealthy neighborhoods only blocks away.

    The tactic — critics liken it to the gerrymandering of legislative districts — made it appear that the luxury tower was in an area with extraordinarily high unemployment, allowing Kushner Companies and its partners to get $50 million in low-cost financing through the EB-5 visa program.

    The move was legal, and other developers have used similar strategies in recent years, often aided by state officials who welcome the infusion of cash. But it illustrates how Kushner, who ran his family’s real estate company before he became a senior adviser to President Trump, and his partners exploited a loophole in a federal program that prominent members of both parties say has been plagued by fraud and abuse.

    On the south side of Jersey City, which has some of the most entrenched poverty in the New York City region, many people interviewed one day last week were surprised that their neighborhood’s troubles were part of the reason that 65 Bay Street got cheap financing.

    “That’s very sad,” said Pastor Shyrone Richardson of the World Outreach Christian Church in the struggling Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City. “Unfortunately, the people who are benefiting from this are not the people in this area.”

    Richardson’s church is in a five-block area where nearly 1 in 5 were jobless and three fatal shootings occurred in 2015, according to an analysis of crime and census data.

    His neighborhood seems a world away from the gleaming office towers and trendy cafes that surround 65 Bay Street. The Jersey City waterfront saw a building boom after 9/11 that transformed the area into one of the hottest real estate markets in the New York metro region, drawing residents from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

    Apartments in the Bay Street building, marketed as Trump Bay Street, rent for up to $4,700 a month and offer sweeping views of Lower Manhattan. A nearby commuter train shuttles passengers to the World Trade Center within minutes. The area within a roughly three-block radius around the building had an unemployment rate of just 2.6 percent in 2015, according to census data.

    Under the EB-5 program, a wealthy foreigner can get a fast-track residence visa by investing at least $500,000 in a project in a “targeted employment area.” To qualify, the area must have an unemployment rate 1.5 times the national average. For developers, the terms of the investment are more favorable than a bank loan.

    The Trump administration is considering whether to adopt changes that would prevent EB-5 gerrymandering. Kushner has said he will recuse himself from any discussions on the program.

    Kushner Companies, meanwhile, is rushing to raise $150 million in low-cost financing through EB-5 for a separate project in Jersey City: a pair of luxury towers in an area called Journal Square. Kushner’s sister caused a stir this month when she mentioned her brother in a pitch for the project to investors in China.

    For that project, too, the company is linking the development to blighted neighborhoods miles to the south while excluding adjoining neighborhoods that have lower unemployment rates, records show.

    An executive at U.S. Immigration Fund-NJ, a firm helping Kushner Companies to raise EB-5 money for both projects, defended the practice. Mark Giresi, chief operating officer, called it a “common sense” approach that reflects the broader economic reality of each project’s surroundings. He also said jobs created by the project could be filled by workers from the depressed areas only miles away.

    “In large urban markets like Jersey City these types of real estate development projects create much-needed jobs, particularly in the construction industry across areas of the city that cover multiple census tracts,” Giresi said in a statement. Census tracts are government-defined neighborhoods, sometimes as small as a few blocks in area.

    Giresi said the Bay Street project created more than 1,280 construction and other jobs and that 1 Journal Square is projected to create 6,600. Under the EB-5 program, each $500,000 investment must create at least 10 jobs.

    The program’s critics say that cobbling together multiple census tracts to push up the average unemployment rate too often benefits developers and areas that do not need the government help. They point to EB-5 projects in prosperous areas of Manhattan, downtown Washington and in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    The government caps the number of EB-5 visas it issues each year, and most of the resulting investment goes to high-profile projects in prosperous areas.

    “Many of these affluent-area projects would have been built and jobs created without the infusion of EB-5 capital,” said Gary Friedland, a scholar in residence at New York University’s Stern School of Business. “Consequently, deserving projects can’t be built and the resulting jobs are lost because the projects are deprived of the essential capital to proceed.”

    A spokeswoman for Kushner Companies declined to comment, as did Jared Kushner’s spokesman.

    Jared Kushner has sold his interest in 1 Journal Square but maintains an ownership stake in 65 Bay Street. The KABR Group, a partner in the luxury tower on Bay Street, also declined to comment.

    Kushner’s prominence is drawing renewed attention to the use of the EB-5 process to raise financing, which has been the subject of years of debate in Congress and furious lobbying by the real estate industry. A writer for the policy magazine City and State, which published the maps for both projects last week, wrote in a commentary that the projects made “a mockery” of EB-5’s intent.

    In interviews along Martin Luther King Drive in Jersey City last week, there was a common reaction. “It’s like we’re being used,” said Helen Gathers, a registered nurse who has lived in Jersey City for 38 years.

    Down the block, Laville Penn, a 54-year-old who was released from prison in early 2016 after a drug-possession conviction, was looking for employment. He had been searching for steady work in construction for more than six months, he said, but had found only temporary day jobs.

    Now, hoping to pick up some hours, he stopped by a lot where a friend was doing contract demolition work. Penn said the high-rises built in Jersey City are typically union jobs. “It’s difficult to get into the union if you don’t have certification or experience,” he said.

    The EB-5 program was initiated in 1990 to help attract foreign investment to rural and poor urban areas that have trouble drawing conventional financing or investment.

    But developers are free to string together an endless number of contiguous census tracts until they reach the unemployment threshold. In the years since the Great Recession, this has often meant finding the nearest poor area and drawing a line to it.

    Documents obtained from New Jersey through a public records request show just how easy that was for Kushner Companies and KABR Group as they sought to build the Bay Street tower.

    On May 6, 2015, Michael K. Evans, a consultant working on behalf of the project, sent an email to an official in the New Jersey Department of Labor asking that the Bay Street vicinity be deemed an area with high unemployment. Individual states are responsible for reviewing unemployment data and issuing letters certifying that projects qualify for the federal program.

    Evans wrote that such an area could be created by combining 26 census tracts in Jersey City that stretch more than two miles to the northwest and three miles to the southwest.

    “The client as always is in a great hurry so if you can e-mail me the letter as soon as it is finished it would be appreciated,” Evans wrote. Evans did not respond to a request for comment.

    There was a problem, though. Probably because the developers were using outdated census data, the tracts were not contiguous — and didn’t include the project itself.

    Three weeks later, the state wrote back that the project qualified under a different but similarly attenuated configuration that achieved the same goal. New Jersey’s state website says it will help developers “perform a special tabulation for the area” of their project using census data.

    The state-approved map strung together 16 census tracts that went nearly four miles to the southwest, crossing the New Jersey Turnpike and heading south to the Bergen-Lafayette and Greenville areas. Together, those neighborhoods had an average unemployment rate that edged just higher than 9.3 percent, the qualifying rate at the time.

    That likely saved Kushner and his partners millions of dollars.

    Developers typically pay only 4 to 8 percent interest annually on money raised through EB-5, experts said. Conventional financing can carry interest rates of between 12 and 18 percent. On the $50 million for Bay Street, the difference in interest charges amounts to millions of dollars annually over the life of the loan.

    On Jan. 5, a little over two weeks before Trump was to take office, another consultant working on behalf of Kushner Companies got in touch with New Jersey state officials again. This time, it was about 1 Journal Square. The census tract where it is located had an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in 2015, but the consultant suggested adding five neighborhoods to triple that unemployment rate.

    The approval came four days later, records show. Kushner’s sister went to China in May seeking the $150 million in EB-5 financing.

    The Trump administration will decide in the coming months whether to enact rules, proposed by the Obama administration, limiting the census tracts that can be considered for EB-5 eligibility to only those directly adjacent to the tract containing the development.

    The proposal is being considered by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Under the proposed rules, neither the 65 Bay Street tower nor the proposed 1 Journal Square project would be in a “targeted employment area.”

    Andrew Ba Tran contributed to this report. The files and methodology used in the data analysis for this story can be found here.

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    OMG the children!. Anonymous sources have also said that Kushner had opened his mouth and words came out! That by definition could be treason if he were a spy.
     
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    Jared Kushner angered Palestinian leader Mahumoud Abbas by relaying a list of demands from Israel during a tense meeting in the West Bank
    • A meeting between Kushner and Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday was described as 'tense'
    • Palestinian officials said US diplomats 'sounded like [Benjamin] Netanyahu's advisers and not like fair arbiters'
    • On Tuesday, Kushner and his team met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem
    • Kushner will report back to Trump on the meetings and Trump will then make a decision on continuing with the talks
    • Trump said earlier this month that Israel and the Palestinian Authority were 'ready to reach peace'


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    Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day

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    One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan.

    The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January.

    Now, Kushner’s association with Deutsche Bank is among a number of financial matters that could come under focus as his business activities are reviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining Kushner as part of a broader investigation into possible Russian influence in the election.

    The October deal illustrates the extent to which Kushner was balancing roles as a top adviser to Trump and a real estate company executive. After the election, Kushner juggled duties for the Trump transition team and his corporation as he prepared to move to the White House. The Washington Post has reported that investigators are probing Kushner’s separate December meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, a state development bank.

    The Deutsche Bank loan capped what Kushner Cos. viewed as a triumph: It had purchased four mostly empty retail floors of the former New York Times building in 2015, recruited tenants to fill the space and got the Deutsche Bank loan in a refinancing deal that gave Kushner’s company $74 million more than it paid for the property.

    The White House, in response to questions from The Post, said in a statement that Kushner “will recuse from any particular matter involving specific parties in which Deutsche Bank is a party.” Kushner and Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

    Deutsche Bank loans to Trump and his family members have come under scrutiny. As Trump’s biggest lender, the bank supplied funds to him when other banks balked at the risk. As of last year, Trump’s companies had about $364 million in outstanding debts to the bank.

    Democrats from the House Financial Services Committee wrote on March 10 that they were concerned about the “integrity” of a reported Justice Department investigation into the Russian money-laundering matter “given the President’s ongoing conflicts of interest with Deutsche Bank,” citing “the suspicious ties between President Trump’s inner circle and the Russian government.” The Justice Department did not respond to a question about whether it is following up on the money-laundering settlement that Deutsche Bank reached with New York state regulators in December.

    On May 23, the Democratic members asked Deutsche Bank to disclose what it had learned in its internal review about whether Trump may have benefited from the improper Russian money transfers. The bank refused, citing U.S. privacy laws. The Democratic letter also raised the possibility that the bank had conducted a similar review of Kushner — without mentioning his name — by referring to a review of accounts “held by family members, several of whom serve as official advisers to the president.”

    The Democrats wrote that it was important to learn more about Deutsche Bank loans to Trump and family members to determine whether they were “in any way connected to Russia.”

    The refinancing loan with Deutsche Bank is mentioned in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of a public offering of mortgage-backed securities. It states that Kushner and his brother, Joshua, “will be guarantors” under what was called a “nonrecourse carve-out.” Such guarantees require more than a loan default to kick in. They are commonly known as “bad boy” clauses, a reference to how a lender could seek to hold the guarantor responsible for the debt under circumstances that might include fraud, misapplication of funds or voluntary bankruptcy deemed inappropriate. The terms of the guarantee, which generally are not secured by collateral, are negotiated between lender and borrower.

    “The way to look at this is, so long as you’re not a ‘bad boy’ and don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about,” said James Schwarz, a real estate lawyer who is an expert in such clauses. “To the extent you would do something fraudulent, then you have things to worry about.”

    The corporate loan and Kushner’s personal guarantee are not mentioned on his financial disclosure form, filed with the Office of Government Ethics. Blake Roberts, a lawyer who represented Kushner on the matter, said in a statement to The Post that Kushner’s form “does not list the loan guarantee” because the disclosure relied on “published guidance” from OGE that he said “clearly states that filers do not have to disclose as a liability a loan on which they have made a guarantee unless they have a present obligation to repay the loan.”

    The Post sent the language cited by Kushner’s lawyer to Don Fox, a former general counsel and acting OGE director. After reviewing the wording, he said in an interview that he would have advised Kushner to disclose the personal guarantee of the $285 million corporate loan because of its size and possible implications.

    “If I were still at OGE and somebody came to us with that set of facts, I would say, ‘By all means, disclose it,’ ” he said, referring to “the spirit of the law.”

    After being informed of Fox’s statement, Roberts contacted Fox to present his view that no disclosure was required. Fox said in a follow-up email to The Post that even if OGE “advised there was no requirement to disclose,” he would not have argued that point but “I would have nonetheless recommended Jared over report in this instance given the magnitude of the contingency and the public interest in liabilities — actual and potential — to Deutsche Bank.”

    Separately, Kushner disclosed that he and his mother have a personal line of credit with Deutsche Bank worth up to $25 million.

    The Deutsche Bank deal was one of the last Kushner orchestrated before joining the White House. It is among the dozens of complex transactions that he was involved with during his decade in the real estate business.

    Although Kushner divested some properties in an effort to address potential conflicts, he retains an interest in nearly 90 percent of his real estate properties, including the retail portion of the former New York Times headquarters, and holds personal debts and loan guarantees.

    The deal that led to the Deutsche Bank loan is rooted in a holiday party held in late 2014 at the Bowlmor bowling alley, which is located in the retail portion.

    At the party, Kushner decided that the four retail floors of the building, while rundown, could be transformed into a thriving tourist destination, according to his associates.

    The building passed through several owners after the newspaper sold the property for $175 million in 2004 to Tishman Speyer. Tishman sold it three years later for $525 million to a company called Africa-Israel Investments. (Those transactions prompted Trump a few months ago to poke fun at the Times, tweeting that the “dopes” at the newspaper “gave it away.”)

    Africa-Israel’s decision to purchase the building was made by its chairman, an Uzbek-born Israeli citizen, Lev Leviev. He is one of the world’s wealthiest men, known as the “King of Diamonds” for his extensive holdings in Africa, Israel and Russia. He was then expanding his real estate holdings in New York City.

    Leviev told the New York Times shortly after the building’s purchase that he was a “true friend” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, largely through his work with an influential Jewish organization in the former Soviet Union. The newspaper wrote that he kept a photo of Putin in his office in Israel. Leviev’s company said in a statement to The Post that Leviev “does not have a personal relationship” with Putin but has met him “on a few occasions.” Leviev’s statement said he was referring to his belief that “Mr. Putin has been a ‘true friend’ to the Jewish people in Russia.”

    In 2008, a year after the building’s purchase, Leviev invited Trump to his Madison Avenue store, an ultra-high-end establishment called Leviev Jewelry, where they were photographed together, according to the Leviev statement. Leviev hoped to work with Trump on Moscow real estate deals, according to an article in Kommersant, a Russian newspaper. The Leviev statement said that the two “never had any business dealings with one another, contrary to speculation.”

    Six years later, Kushner saw an opportunity for his own company.

    Leviev, whose company was having financial difficulties, according to an Israeli press account, sold the building’s 12-floor office portion for $160 million, a transaction that did notinvolve the four retail floors.

    Leviev’s daughter, Chagit, took charge of her father’s U.S. subsidiary and set out to find a buyer for the retail portion of the building. The company said it would entertain offers no lower than $300 million.

    Kushner’s company offered $265 million, which was rejected. Kushner himself then negotiated with Chagit Leviev and others in 2015 and succeeded with a $296 million offer, according to an official involved in the matter.

    “It was a very hard back-and-forth New York negotiating style,” said Kushner’s broker, Lon Rubackin. Leviev’s partner in the deal, Five Mile Capital, did not respond to a request for comment.

    Few knew it at the time, but the negotiations had nearly consummatedwhen Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, ran into Chagit Leviev on May 4, 2015, at an after-party for a Metropolitan Museum of Art gala — an encounter that was memorialized in a picture posted on Instagram.

    “Such a pleasure seeing @jaredckushner and his stunningly beautiful wife @ivankatrump last night [at] the #metballafterparty,” Chagit Leviev wrote.

    The deal was signed a week later and closed in October 2015. The Leviev company said in a statement to The Post that Kushner simply made the highest offer and “there was no political element to the transaction.”

    Kushner took over a property that was only 25 percent leased, according to a company official. His company recruited tenants, offering some a year’s free rent to lock in long-term contracts, according to an SEC filing. As a result, the building was nearly fully leased, with higher rents, including new tenants such as National Geographic.

    The strategy paid off when Kushner’s company went to Deutsche Bank for refinancing. An appraisal cited in SEC filings for the package of mortgage-backed securities placed the value at $470 million, a 59 percent increase in a year. The bank declined to release the appraisal, but a person involved in the deal said that such a rapid increase was unusual when New York real estate was rebounding from recession, and credited Kushner for finding stellar tenants.

    In a statement, Kushner Cos. President Laurent Morali said the property’s value increased sharply “for a simple reason: the building’s dramatic turnaround. We had a vision for the property when we purchased it that no one else had, and are proud to say that we executed on it.”

    Kushner’s company took out $370 million in new loans in October 2016, giving it $74 million more than the purchase price a year earlier. Along with $285 million from Deutsche Bank, Kushner’s firm received $85 million from SL Green Realty, where Kushner had once worked as an intern. SL Green spokesman Rick Matthews said the deal made sense because the building has been mostly leased, giving it “increased value.”

    The Deutsche Bank loan was delivered just before the bank — which has long been under investigation by federal and state authorities — agreed to pay a $7.2 billion U.S. penalty in December for mortgage securities fraud in its packaging of residential mortgages. The bank also paid a $425 million New York state fine in January for failing to properly track large transfers from Russia.

    Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee wrote in their March 10 letter that because “press reports indicate” the Justice Department is continuing to investigate the money- laundering case, they are “concerned about the integrity of this criminal probe” in light of Trump’s “ongoing conflicts of interest with Deutsche Bank.” Bloomberg News has reported that the Justice Department has requested records related to money laundering from Deutsche Bank as part of a probe.

    Alice Crites and Steven Rich contributed to this report.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kushner-firm’s-dollar285-million-deutsche-bank-loan-came-just-before-election-day/ar-BBDejBL?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
     
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    Jared Kushner discloses meetings with ONE HUNDRED foreigners in update to security form which led to Don Trump's lawyer contact being revealed
    • Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has revised a disclosure form he completed in connection with joining the White House
    • An initial version failed to disclose all his contacts with foreign officials
    • An updated version reveals more than 100 contacts
    • He reportedly provided additional material for the form three times
    • Among meetings he failed to disclose was one with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak
    • The form was required for Kushner to get a security clearance – something some Democrats want to withdraw


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    https://theintercept.com/2017/07/10...get-a-half-billion-dollar-bailout-from-qatar/


    JARED KUSHNER TRIED AND FAILED TO GET A HALF-BILLION-DOLLAR BAILOUT FROM QATAR

    Ben Walsh, Ryan Grim, Clayton Swisher

    July 10 2017, 8:25 a.m.

    NOT LONG BEFORE a major crisis ripped through the Middle East, pitting the United States and a bloc of Gulf countries against Qatar, Jared Kushner’s real estate company had unsuccessfully sought a critical half-billion-dollar investment from one of the richest and most influential men in the tiny nation, according to three well-placed sources with knowledge of the near transaction.

    Kushner is a senior adviser to President Trump, and also his son-in-law, and also the scion of a New York real estate empire that faces an extreme risk from an investment made by Kushner in the building at 666 Fifth Avenue, where the family is now severely underwater.

    Qatar is facing an ongoing blockade led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and joined by Egypt and Bahrain, which President Trump has taken credit for sparking. Kushner, meanwhile, has reportedly played a key behind-the-scenes role in hardening the U.S. posture toward the embattled nation.

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    https://theintercept.com/2017/07/10...get-a-half-billion-dollar-bailout-from-qatar/
     
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    Ivanka made $13m last year: The first daughter reveals her income as Jared Kushner updates financial disclosure form with $10m in assets he 'omitted'
    • Jared Kushner 'inadvertently omitted' more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6million from his personal financial disclosure reports
    • The previously unreported assets were included in updated financial disclosure reports certified by the US Office of Government Ethics on Thursday
    • Among the new disclosures, Kushner reported owning artwork worth between $5million and $25million
    • Kushner's wife and the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, also filed new federal disclosures
    • She reported assets of at least $66 million and earned at least $13.5 million in income last year from her various business ventures


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    How come my head is spinning?
    We NEVER received such updates on the HNIC nor any of his henchmen

    This is all fake, all of it

    Just like the Koch Brothers are Conservative Republicans
     
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    Kushner Releases 11-Page Statement: Denies Collusion, Confirms Four Meetings With Russians

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    by Tyler Durden
    Jul 24, 2017 6:59 AM

    Ahead of his closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee at 10am, Jared Kushner released an 11-page statement which confirmed four contacts with Russians during his father-in-law’s presidential campaign or after the election, but described the encounters as unmemorable and denied colluding with the Russian government to help Donald Trump win the election.

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    The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, including whether Trump’s campaign colluded with a Russian government effort to tip the election toward Trump.

    The key statement: "I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 [security clearance] form, above and beyond what is required."

    In the most consequential meeting, Kushner said he agreed to meet with a Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, on Dec. 13 at the request of the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak

    Kushner’s interview with committee staff is voluntary, will take place out of the public eye and will not be under oath. It nevertheless may serve as a building block for the ongoing Russia investigations by Special Counsel Bob Mueller as well as House and Senate committees. The stakes for the congressional interviews are high for Kushner because Kushner is of acute interest to special counsel Bob Mueller, and prosecutors can be expected to pick apart today's statement.

    Kushner amended his security clearance disclosures to account for previously unreported meetings with foreign contacts, and his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., disclosed this month that in June 2016 Kushner sat in on a meeting with a Russian lawyer and a Russian lobbyist that Trump Jr. believed would deliver potentially damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to Bloomberg.

    Suspicions about Kushner’s contacts with Russians have been intensifying since late May, when the Washington Post first reported that Kushner was a “person of interest” in the multiple investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the election in its favor. Among other misdeeds, Kushner has been accused in the media of trying to set up a backchannel to Moscow during the campaign. However, he denies this allegation, saying that he merely asked Kislyak if lines of communication existed for Moscow's generals to brief former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn on events in Syria. He was told there were none.

    “I did not suggest a ‘secret back channel’. I did not suggest an ongoing secret form of communication for then or for when the administration took office. I did not raise the possibility of using the embassy or any other Russian facility for any purpose other than this one possible conversation in the transition period,” he testified, according to the Financial Times.

    Rebutting one of the more persistent allegations against him - namely that he left a handful of meetings with foreign officials off his security clearance application - Kushner said that, due to a clerical error, all of his meetings with foreign parties were ommitted, according to Reuters.

    Kushner has said he didn’t read to the bottom of an email forwarded to him by his brother-in-law about the Russia meeting that described potentially receiving damaging information about Clinton. He has said he left the meeting after only a couple of minutes, even texting an assistant asking them to call him and give him an excuse to leave.

    "n looking for a polite way to leave and get back to my work," he says in the statement, "I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote 'Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.' I had not met the attorney before the meeting nor spoken with her since. I thought nothing more of this short meeting until it came to my attention recently."

    Another highlight: "With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any. ... [T]he day after the election, I could not even remember the name of the Russian Ambassador. ... I sent an email asking [Dmitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, which hosted a Trump foreign policy speech], 'What is the name of the Russian ambassador?'"

    Meanwhile, Kushner last week filed an amended financial disclosure that included 77 items worth at least $10 million that were described as “inadvertently omitted” from a March filing. The updated filing includes details about the Kushner family’s real estate holdings. The disclosure has been revised 39 times since its initial filing on March 9.

    Other notable excerpts from today's statement, via Axios:



      • "When it became apparent that my father-in-law was going to be the Republican nominee for President, as normally happens, a number of officials from foreign countries attempted to reach out to the campaign. My father-in-law asked me to be a point of contact with these foreign countries. ... [O]ver the course of the campaign, I had incoming contacts with people from approximately 15 countries."
      • "I called on a variety of people with deep experience, such as Dr. Henry Kissinger, for advice on policy for the candidate, which countries/representatives with which the campaign should engage, and what messaging would resonate."
      • "The first [campaign contact] that I can recall was at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. in April 2016. ... [T]he host of the event, Dimitri Simes, ... introduced me to several guests, among them four ambassadors, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. With all the ambassadors, including Mr. Kislyak, we shook hands, exchanged brief pleasantries."
      • "Reuters news service has reported that I had two calls with Ambassador Kislyak at some time between April and November of 2016. While I participated in thousands of calls during this period, I do not recall any such calls with the Russian Ambassador. We have reviewed the phone records available to us and have not been able to identify any calls to any number we know to be associated with Ambassador Kislyak and I am highly skeptical these calls took place."
      • "I had no ongoing relationship with the Ambassador before the election, and had limited knowledge about him."
      • "The only other Russian contact during the campaign is one I did not recall at all until I was reviewing documents and emails in response to congressional requests for information."
      • That was the Trump Tower meeting, and he said the invitation from Donald Trump Jr. "was on top of a long back and forth that I did not read at the time. ... Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as 'Meeting: Don Jr.| Jared Kushner.' No one else was mentioned."[/B]
      • "There was one more possible contact that I will note. On October 30, 2016, I received a random email from the screenname 'Guccifer400.' This email, which I interpreted as a hoax, was an extortion attempt and threatened to reveal candidate Trump's tax returns and demanded that we send him 52 bitcoins in exchange for not publishing that information. I brought the email to the attention of a U.S. Secret Service agent on the plane we were all travelling on and asked what he thought. He advised me to ignore it and not to reply -- which is what I did. The sender never contacted me again."
      • "On November 16, 2016, my assistant received a request for a meeting from the Russian Ambassador. ... The [Dec. 1] meeting occurred in Trump Tower, where we had our transition office, and lasted twenty [to] thirty minutes. Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret.), who became the President's National Security Advisor, also attended.
      • "I believed developing a thoughtful approach on Syria was a very high priority given the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and I asked if they had an existing communications channel at his embassy we could use where they would be comfortable transmitting the information they wanted to relay to General Flynn. The Ambassador said that would not be possible and so we all agreed that we would receive this information after the Inauguration. Nothing else occurred. I did not suggest a 'secret back channel.'"
      • "My assistant reported that the Ambassador had requested that I meet with a person named Sergey Gorkov who he said was a banker and someone with a direct line to the Russian President who could give insight into how Putin was viewing the new administration and best ways to work together. I agreed to meet Mr. Gorkov because the Ambassador has been so insistent, said he had a direct relationship with the President, and because Mr. Gorkov was only in New York for a couple days."
      • "The [Dec. 13] meeting with Mr. Gorkov lasted twenty to twenty-five minutes. ... At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind."
      • "There has been a good deal of misinformation reported about my SF-86 [security clearance] form. As my attorneys and I have previously explained, my SF-86 application was prematurely submitted due to a miscommunication and initially did not list any contacts (not just with Russians) with foreign government officials."
      • "[P]eople at my New York office were helping me find the information, organize it, review it and put it into the electronic form. They sent an email to my assistant in Washington, communicating that the changes to one particular section were complete; my assistant interpreted that message as meaning that the entire form was completed.
      • "At that point, the form was a rough draft and still had many omissions including not listing any foreign government contacts and even omitted the address of my father-in-law (which was obviously well known). Because of this miscommunication, my assistant submitted the draft on January 18, 2017."
      • "The very next day, January 19, 2017, we submitted supplemental information to the transition, which confirmed receipt and said they would immediately transmit it to the FBI."
      His full prepared testimony is below (link):

      https://www.scribd.com/document/354...July-24-Statement-to-Congressional#from_embed

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...firms-four-meetings-russians-denies-collusion

     
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    'I did not collude': Donald Trump's son-in-law says that he only had four contacts with Russians during the campaign and presidential transition and NONE were improper - and he will turn over his emails to prove it
    • Kushner released a 3,600-word statement ahead of the meeting with officials
    • He will talk to staff on Senate Intelligence Committee today behind closed doors
    • Kushner is senior adviser to the President and is married to his daughter Ivanka
    • Tomorrow he will talk, again privately, to the US House Intelligence Committee
    • Both panels are investigating alleged Russian links to Donald Trump's campaign


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    A bag of dirt from a Russian banker, a Bitcoin ransom demand for his father-in-law's tax returns and offers to speak to Putin's generals: Jared's statement denying collusion is straight from a spy novel
    • Jared Kushner released a 3,600-word statement ahead of the meeting with officials
    • President Trump's son-in-law acknowledged a brief meeting with Russia's infamous U.S. ambassador Sergey Kislyak
    • Also sat in on meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer and Don Jr.
    • Says he used cell phone trick to get out of the meeting after 10 minutes
    • Meeting with Putin-linked banker also detailed
    • Russian Sergey Gorkov brought as gifts art from Nvgorod, Kushner's ancestral village, as well as 'a bag of dirt' in possible gesture of his family's daring Holocaust story
    • Kushner will speaks to Senate Intelligence Committee today behind closed doors
    • Kushner is senior adviser to the President and is married to his daughter Ivanka
    • Tomorrow he will talk, again privately, to the House Intelligence Committee
    • Both panels are investigating alleged Russian links to Donald Trump's campaign
    • 'What is the name of the Russian ambassador?'


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    Jared Kushner's only excuse: He has no idea what he's doing
    • By DANA MILBANK
    • Jul 25, 2017 Updated 14 hrs ago

    Do you have a problem -- trouble at work, relationship stress, or just some really hard math homework -- that you can't resolve on your own? You should turn to the man who is fixing problems for more than 300 million Americans.

    You should ask Jared Kushner.

    President Trump does it. When he needed somebody to negotiate peace in the Middle East, he asked Kushner. When he needed somebody to be his point man with China and with Mexico, he asked Kushner. When he needed somebody to solve the opioid epidemic, reform veterans' care, overhaul the criminal justice system and reinvent the entire federal government, Trump again turned to Kushner. Even when he just needed somebody to strap a flak jacket over his navy blazer and fly off to Baghdad, Kushner was the one he asked.

    The president's 36-year-old son-in-law has done all this and more, even while keeping up with a demanding family life since the election: a beach trip to Hawaii, a ski trip to Aspen, another ski trip to British Columbia. Clearly he has time to help you, too. Kid has a fever? Rattle in the transmission? Weeds in the lawn? Ring around the collar? Ask JK.

    But what happens when Jared Kushner has a problem? What happens if -- and I'm speaking strictly hypothetically here -- Kushner were to neglect to mention in his security-clearance forms that he had had more than 100 meetings with foreigners, including some Russians? Sure, you can ask him. But he won't have a good answer.

    The seen-but-not-heard Kushner met with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday (at a session closed to the public, naturally). He explained his repeated lapses -- he had to amend one disclosure form three times -- by saying, essentially, that he was new to politics and so terribly busy that he couldn't keep up with everything. And he used the hoariest excuse of all: He blamed his assistant.

    "My experience was in business, not politics," he said in a written statement, and described himself as overwhelmed. "I must have received thousands of calls, letters and emails from people looking to talk or meet on a variety of issues and topics, including hundreds from outside the United States," he wrote, and "I could not be responsive to everyone." He explained that he just didn't know he was sitting down with people promising dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government because it "was typical for me to receive 200 or more emails a day during the campaign. I did not have the time to read every one."

    Kushner explained how a full accounting of his foreign contacts fell through the cracks "amid the scramble of finalizing the unwinding of my involvement from my company, moving my family to Washington, completing the paper work to divest assets and resign from my outside positions and complete my security and financial disclosure forms." A "miscommunication" led his assistant to file his form prematurely.

    That's the trouble with Kushner's defense in the Russia imbroglio. He's essentially arguing that he isn't corrupt -- he's just in over his head. He didn't really know what he was doing, and he was too busy. Coming from the man charged with handling everything from Middle East peace to opioids, this isn't reassuring.

    This inexperience defense is consistent with Kushner's filing Friday showing that he had previously neglected to disclose more than 70 assets, as required, including an art collection (with wife Ivanka Trump) worth as much as $25 million. The Middle East peace negotiator also did not disclose that he held Israeli government bonds.

    Yet Kushner's father-in-law entrusted him with what is arguably the most difficult portfolio ever to be assigned to a White House aide. His previous experience: running his family real estate business, which he took over in 2005 when his father was convicted of tax evasion. The next year, Kushner bought a $1.8 billion Manhattan building, near the top of the real estate cycle, and his family has been trying to find investors to keep the project afloat.

    So now Kushner is defending himself by playing the ingenue: "All of these were tasks that I had never performed on a campaign previously," and "I could not even remember the name of the Russian ambassador." Kushner, arguing that he didn't seek to create a "back channel" with Russia, explained that he merely asked the Russian ambassador if he "had an existing communications channel at his embassy we could use."

    The defense leaves one big question unanswered: Why is a man of such inexperience in charge of so much?

    Don't ask.

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    Dana Milbank writes this column for The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter, @Milbank.

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