March 18, 2018

DFS Requests Information on Deutsche, Other Banks' Dealings With Jared Kushner

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The family real estate business of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, received more than half a billion dollars in loans from companies whose leaders attended private White House meetings with him past year, the New York Times reported late Wednesday.

Kushner also reportedly met with Citigroup's chief executive, Michael L. Corbat, at the White House.

Kushner, who lost his security clearance to White House following reports that he breached the ethics rule, found himself in the middle of another controversy after the report alleged that Kushner met with the top heads of the lending firms at the White House a year ago, after which he received an exorbitant sum of loan to aid his company's business ventures.

Kushner reportedly met with top officials from both companies in the months leading up to those loans.

And on Wednesday, Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that the New York Department of Financial Services petitioned Deutsche Bank and other lenders for information about Kushner, his family and their eponymous company.

Carl Bernstein participates in "All the President's Reporters" at the 2017 New Yorker Festival, at SVA Theatre in NY, on October 6, 2017.

An Apollo spokesperson, Charles V. Zehren, said Harris was not involved in the decision to loan money to Kushner Cos.

"Now obviously, there's important context here, in terms of what's going on with Jared Kushner and concerns about him in the White House", Maddow reminded.

In a statement, Signature Bank spokeswoman Susan Lewis confirmed that the Kushner family and Kushner Cos. has been a customer with the bank since 2010.

His business dealings also make him prone to manipulation by foreign governments, the Post added, noting that officials in at least four countries had privately discussed how to benefit from Kushner's lack of government experience.

Kushner's ties with his business activities while being a part of the Trump administration has been the topic of contention since he was hired by the president as White House innovations director in January 2017. She said Citigroup negotiated the 2017 loan with Kushner Cos' business partner, a real estate developer.

Investigators working for Robert Mueller, the special counsel looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election, have asked questions about Kushner's interactions with potential investors from overseas, according to a person familiar with the matter. Kushner also still holds a stake in the entity that owns the Brooklyn buildings and received the loan from Citigroup.

Citigroup gave Kushner Companies a sum of $325 million - one of the largest loans availed by the company past year - to help finance a group of office buildings in Brooklyn.

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

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.

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