Jared Kushner is a Senior Advisor to the President of the United States.
Jared Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, spent 14 months in federal prison for a number of crimes that included setting up a liaison with a prostitute to discredit his brother-in-law:
Jared Kushner – then an undergraduate at Harvard University – saw his name improperly put on some $90,000 of his father’s donations as well. He stood by his father during the investigation, however, and afterwards when Charles Kushner pleaded guilty to 18 counts of making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. The last charge involved a particularly nasty incident where Charles Kushner send his sister Esther a tape showing her husband William Schulder with a prostitute hired by Kushner to discredit his brother-in-law, who was cooperating with federal authorities.
Charles Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison and sent to the Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery. His son, according to the Washington Post, flew to Alabama to visit his father almost every weekend, publicly insisting his father had been unfairly prosecuted.
Jared Kushner got into Harvard because his criminal father made a multi-million dollar donation:
My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that the rich buy their under-achieving children’s way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations. It reported that New Jersey real estate developer Charles Kushner had pledged $2.5 million to Harvard University in 1998, not long before his son Jared was admitted to the prestigious Ivy League school. At the time, Harvard accepted about one of every nine applicants. (Nowadays, it only takes one out of twenty.)
I also quoted administrators at Jared’s high school, who described him as a less than stellar student and expressed dismay at Harvard’s decision.
“There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard,” a former official at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, told me. “His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.”
Jared Kushner’s first major business deal was paying a record price for a New York residential building just before the real estate market crashed:
The tower has been under scrutiny because Jared Kushner is married to President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and is a senior adviser to the president. The $1.8 billion investment by Kushner Cos. was a record at its 2007 purchase and was made when Kushner was taking a leadership role in the business. It remained precarious for years, and potential deals became complicated after Kushner took the senior White House job.
Jared Kushner is being allowed to work in the White House, despite federal anti-nepotism statutes, only due to a dubious technicality:
You have asked whether section 3110 of title 5, U.S. Code, which forbids apublic official from appointing a relative “to a civilian position in the agency over which [the official] exercises jurisdiction or control,” bars the President fromappointing his son-in-law to a position in the White House Office, where the President’s immediate personal staff of advisors serve.We conclude that section 3110 does not bar this appointment because the President’s special hiring authority in 3 U.S.C. § 105(a) exempts positions in the White House Office from section 3110. A decision of the D.C. Circuit, Haddon v. Walters, 43 F.3d 1488 (D.C. Cir. 1995) (per curiam), lays out a different, but overlapping, route to the same result.According to the reasoning of Haddon, section 3110 does not reach an appoint-ment in the White House Office because section 3110 covers only appointments inan “agency,” which the statute defines to include “Executive agenc[ies],” and theWhite House Office is not an “Executive agency” within the definition generallyapplicable to title 5. Although our analysis does not track every element of theD.C. Circuit’s reasoning about the meaning of “Executive agency,” we believethat Haddon arrived at the correct outcome and that our conclusion here—that, because of the President’s special hiring authority for the White House Office,section 3110 does not forbid the proposed appointment squares with both theholding and a central part of the analysis in that case.
Jared Kushner does not have a full security clearance:
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, does not have a high-enough security clearance level to gain access to some of the most sensitive U.S. government secrets, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing two people familiar with his access.
Kushner, who was named by Trump as a senior adviser on a wide range of issues, was granted a permanent security clearance in late May, but only at the “top secret” level, a status that does not provide access to closely guarded intelligence, the Post said, citing the two sources.
Limits on Kushner’s access to the intelligence could be an impediment to his ability to manage his portfolio for the president, including developing a Middle East peace plan and meeting with foreign officials.
Jared Kushner does not have a full security clearance in part because he failed to disclose over 100 foreign contacts on his security clearance application:
A Washington Post report by Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, and Devlin Barrett suggests that the White House is reluctant to get involved in any clearance cases because Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is currently under scrutiny due to his complicated financial ties and the fact that he failed to disclose more than 100 foreign contacts on his initial application.
Some of the foreign contacts Jared Kushner failed to disclose on his security clearance application were with Russians:
When Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets, he was required to disclose all encounters with foreign government officials over the last seven years.
But Mr. Kushner did not mention dozens of contacts with foreign leaders or officials in recent months. They include a December meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, and one with the head of a Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, arranged at Mr. Kislyak’s behest.
Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign to discuss obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians, and to discuss the easing of sanctions on Russia:
Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.
The email to the younger Mr. Trump was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped broker the June 2016 meeting. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was interested in receiving damaging information about Mrs. Clinton, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.
Mr. Goldstone’s message, as described to The New York Times by the three people, indicates that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information. It does not elaborate on the wider effort by Moscow to help the Trump campaign.
Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, and Paul J. Manafort, the campaign chairman at the time, also attended the June 2016 meeting in New York. Representatives for Mr. Kushner referred requests for comments back to an earlier statement, which said he had voluntarily disclosed the meeting to the federal government. He has deferred questions on the content of the meeting to Donald Trump Jr.
Jared Kushner attempted to create a secret back channel for communications with the Russians during the Presidential transition:
Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.
Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.
Jared Kushner enlisted Michael Flynn’s help to attempt to meddle with a United Nations Security Council vote during the last weeks of the Obama administration:
Two former officials with the Trump transition team who worked closely with Flynn say that during the last days of the Obama administration, the retired general was instructed to contact foreign ambassadors and foreign ministers of countries on the U.N. Security Council, ahead of a vote condemning Israeli settlements. Flynn was told to try to get them to delay that vote until after Barack Obama had left office, or oppose the resolution altogether.
At the time, the U.N. Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements was a big deal. Even though the Obama administration had less than a month left in office, the president instructed his ambassador to the United Nations to abstain from a resolution, breaking a precedent that went back to 1980 when it came to one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the U.N.
This was the context of Kushner’s instruction to Flynn last December. One transition official at the time said Kushner called Flynn to tell him he needed to get every foreign minister or ambassador from a country on the U.N. Security Council to delay or vote against the resolution. Much of this appeared to be coordinated also with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose envoys shared their own intelligence about the Obama administration’s lobbying efforts to get member states to support the resolution with the Trump transition team.
Jared Kushner has been using a private e-mail account to conduct official White House business:
Mr Kushner is a senior presidential adviser and is married to Ivanka Trump.
His lawyer confirmed the existence of the personal email account in a statement on Sunday.
The use of private accounts can put official records beyond the reach of journalists, lawmakers, and others who seek publicly-available information.
Jared Kushner’s family is using his clout within the Trump administration to pitch business deals to foreign investors:
It was the first major piece of legislation that President Trump signed into law, and buried on Page 734 was one sentence that brought a potential benefit to the president’s extended family: renewal of a program offering permanent residence in the United States to affluent foreigners investing money in real estate projects here.
Just hours after the appropriations measure was signed on Friday, the company run until January by Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, was urging wealthy Chinese in Beijing to consider investing $500,000 each in a pair of Jersey City luxury apartment towers the family-owned Kushner Companies plans to build. Mr. Kushner was even cited at a marketing presentation by his sister Nicole Meyer, who was on her way to China even before the bill was signed. The project “means a lot to me and my entire family,” she told the prospective investors.
Jared Kushner’s family has received loans from businessmen who met with Jared Kushner about official White House business:
Early last year, a private equity billionaire started paying regular visits to the White House.
Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management, was advising Trump administration officials on infrastructure policy. During that period, he met on multiple occasions with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said three people familiar with the meetings. Among other things, the two men discussed a possible White House job for Mr. Harris.
The job never materialized, but in November, Apollo lent $184 million to Mr. Kushner’s family real estate firm, Kushner Companies. The loan was to refinance the mortgage on a Chicago skyscraper.
Even by the standards of Apollo, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, the previously unreported transaction with the Kushners was a big deal: It was triple the size of the average property loan made by Apollo’s real estate lending arm, securities filings show.
It was one of the largest loans Kushner Companies received last year. An even larger loan came from Citigroup, which lent the firm and one of its partners $325 million to help finance a group of office buildings in Brooklyn.
Jared Kushner personally owes $1 billion in loans:
Jared Kushner didn’t disclose his business ties with George Soros, Peter Thiel, and Goldman Sachs, or that he owes $1 billion in loans, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Kushner also failed to identify debt of more than $1 billion from 20 lenders and personal guarantees to pay more than $300 million of that, according to The Journal.
A source told The Journal that Kushner planned to recuse himself from anything that concerned Deutsche Bank or RBS, two lenders that have given him money for his properties or companies and to which he has provided personal guarantees on loans.
He still owes money to Bank of America, Blackstone Group, Citigroup, UBS, Deutsche Bank, and RBS, all of which were not disclosed, according to The Journal.
Jared Kushner met with an emissary in 2016 who was representing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, and who offered help during the Presidential campaign:
Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor.
The meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office, according to several people with knowledge of their encounters.
Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on Aug. 3, 2016. The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump.
It is unclear whether such a proposal was executed, and the details of who commissioned it remain in dispute. But Donald Trump Jr. responded approvingly, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting, and after those initial offers of help, Mr. Nader was quickly embraced as a close ally by Trump campaign advisers — meeting frequently with Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, and Michael T. Flynn, who became the president’s first national security adviser. At the time, Mr. Nader was also promoting a secret plan to use private contractors to destabilize Iran, the regional nemesis of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.
Jared Kushner then developed a close and friendly relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman:
The detailed report, written by David D. Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard, Mark Landler, and Mark Mazzetti, tracks the story of how the two men in their 30s came to have such a close friendship that Kushner regularly chats privately on the phone with the crown prince, even calling him by his first name, much to the chagrin of senior American officials. The Times reports that Saudi Arabia saw Kushner as a viable, impressionable target, and began what the reporters describe as “the courtship of Mr. Kushner”:
Prince Mohammed and his advisers, eager to enlist American support for his hawkish policies in the region and for his own consolidation of power, cultivated the relationship with Mr. Kushner for more than two years, according to documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The New York Times.
A delegation of Saudis close to the prince visited the United States as early as the month Mr. Trump was elected, the documents show, and brought back a report identifying Mr. Kushner as a crucial focal point in the courtship of the new administration. He brought to the job scant knowledge about the region, a transactional mind-set and an intense focus on reaching a deal with the Palestinians that met Israel’s demands, the delegation noted.
This delegation was followed up by a series of meetings and personal recommendations that Kushner reach out, including from MBS ally Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi. Though initially suspicious of Saudi Arabia’s motivations, Kushner soon put his concerns aside, drawn in by proposals and initiatives that aligned with his Israel-Palestine priorities and the administration’s anti-violent extremism ones.
Jared Kushner’s burgeoning friendship with Mohammed Bin Salman caught U.S. intelligence officials off guard:
In late October, Jared Kushner made an unannounced trip to Riyadh, catching some intelligence officials off guard. “The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy,” the Washington Post’s David Ignatius reported at the time.
Jared Kushner attempted to get funding for his real estate tech startup from a Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates investment fund:
SoftBank Group, derives much of its $100 billion war chest – one of the biggest in the world – from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The SoftBank Vision Fund has walked away from talks to invest in Cadre, a real-estate technology start-up owned partly by Jared Kushner, but other investors are offering to buy a stake, according to people familiar with the discussions.
One term sheet would value the firm at as much as $2 billion, two of the people said. That would be more than double an $800 million appraisal at the end of last year. Reema Bahnasy, a spokeswoman for Cadre, declined to identify that investor or provide any other information about the sensitive discussions.
Jared Kushner’s family attempted to get funding for the family’s real estate business from Qatar:
Kushner was reportedly interested in raising from investors in the region, specifically Qatar, a strategic U.S. ally with recently frosty relations to Saudi Arabia.
In March, The Intercept reported that Joshua Kushner met with Qatari finance minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi, following a meeting his father, Charles Kushner, arranged with the government financier back in April 2017 to discuss financing for the family’s real estate holdings. The Intercept reports that Joshua pitched Al Emadi on investing in Thrive Capital. The Qatari sovereign wealth fund reportedly declined to invest because it didn’t make deals under $300 million. In that article, a spokesperson for Kushner disputed The Intercept’s claim that their client solicited funds from the Qatari financier but confirmed the meeting did occur.
Jared Kushner, along with his criminal father, spoke with a Qatar government official about the possible deal:
Additionally, the Washington Post reported in mid-March that the Kushner Companies confirmed U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner’s father met with the Qatari finance minister three months after U.S. President Donald Trump was inaugurated.
After Jared Kushner’s family real estate business was rebuffed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates led a blockade of Qatar:
The UAE has spread a “climate of fear” among Qataris living there during a year-long blockade, separating families and causing “substantial pain”, the UN’s top court heard Friday.
Doha is appealing to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to order emergency measures to lift the restrictions imposed on Qataris by the UAE in June 2017.
“Many Qataris still resident in the UAE live in perpetual fear, they live in the shadow of the UAE’s expulsion order,” leading British barrister Lord Peter Goldsmith, acting for Doha, told the court.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed ties with Qatar last June over accusations of supporting extremism and being too close to rival Iran, charges Doha has denied.
The four countries enforced a blockade on Doha, closing land, sea, and air links to the country. Gulf states also ordered Qataris to leave within 14 days as well as calling home their own citizens.
Saudi Arabia has threatened to dig a canal across its border with Qatar, effectively making the Gulf peninsula state an island, sparking outrage in Doha.
Jared Kushner’s friend, Mohammed Bin Salman, was behind the Saudi decision to lead the blockade against Qatar:
In the short time that he has been on the global stage, bin Salman managed to cultivate the image of a driven operator, be it directing the war in Yemen, pushing Donald Trump’s peace plans with the Palestinians, leading the blockade against Qatar or purchasing land from Egypt to expand Saudi’s economic opportunities.
Jared Kushner supported the blockade of Qatar:
Kushner’s family-run real estate company unsuccessfully tried to seek financing from Qatar’s investment fund for a deeply troubled New York City property a month before Kushner backed a blockade on the Gulf kingdom.
Jared Kushner’s family finally ended up getting the money they wanted from Qatar, a year after the blockade started:
The company controlled by the family of the White House adviser Jared Kushner is close to receiving a bailout of its troubled flagship building by a company with financial ties to the government of Qatar, according to executives briefed on the deal.
Charles Kushner, head of the Kushner Companies, is in advanced talks with Brookfield Asset Management over a partnership to take control of the 41-story aluminum-clad tower in Midtown Manhattan, 666 Fifth Avenue, according to two real estate executives who have been briefed on the pending deal but were not authorized to discuss it. Brookfield is a publicly traded company, and its real estate arm, Brookfield Property Partners, is partly owned by the Qatari government, through the Qatar Investment Authority.
Charles Kushner and his son Jared, President Trump’s son-in-law and one of his key advisers, bought the office tower, which is between 52nd and 53rd Streets, 11 years ago for a record-setting $1.8 billion. But the building today only generates about half its annual mortgage payment, and 30 percent of the 41-story tower is vacant.
The Kushner family had been searching the globe for a partner for the building, including meeting as recently as last year with a billionaire from Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim Al-Thani, the country’s former prime minister.
Jared Kushner ignored warnings from U.S. intelligence officials about Mohammed Bin Salman:
Woodward claims that while senior U.S. intelligence officials believed that the most influential Saudi was the then-crown prince, former intelligence chief Mohammed bin Nayef, Kushner had a different reading of the situation.
“Kushner told Harvey he had important and reliable intelligence that the key to Saudi Arabia was the deputy crown prince, the charismatic 31-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS,” writes Woodward. Some intelligence chiefs in D.C. disagreed.
“The message from them was that Kushner better be careful,” Woodward wrote. “The real solid guy was the current crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, who was known as MBN. He was the king’s nephew credited with dismantling Al-Qaida in the Kingdom as head of the Interior Ministry. Showing favoritism to the younger MBS would cause friction in the royal family,” he added.
Jared Kushner’s friend Mohammed Bin Salman reportedly said he had Jared “in his pocket”:
One of the people MBS told about the discussion with Kushner was UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, according to a source who talks frequently to confidants of the Saudi and Emirati rulers. MBS bragged to the Emirati crown prince and others that Kushner was “in his pocket,” the source told The Intercept.
Jared Kushner’s friend Mohammed Bin Salman has talked about building a nuclear weapon:
In March 2018, bin Salman warned that the kingdom might be forced to develop its own weapons: “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”
Jared Kushner’s friend Mohammed Bin Salman just signed a deal with Russia to develop nuclear energy in Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia and Russia have signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development, a Saudi government body in charge of such projects said.
The government body, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, announced the cooperation deal on its website on Thursday but gave no further details.
Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, citing unnamed sources, said the kingdom planned to build 16 nuclear reactors that Russia would play a significant role in operating.
Jared Kushner helped broker a deal for the U.S. to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia:
President Trump’s first full day in Saudi Arabia was busy, to say the least. He participated in welcoming ceremonies and was awarded the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court Palace. But one thing that slipped through the cracks was how Jared Kushner played an instrumental role in securing the $110 billion arms deal.
“Let’s get this done today,” Kushner reportedly said on May 1, per NYT, when meeting with high-level Saudi leaders near the White House to discuss the pending arms deal. He was securing a much-needed win for Trump (though he didn’t know it at the time) that would come during his first overseas trip as POTUS.
Jared Kushner’s friend Mohammed Bin Salman is using U.S. weapons to attack Yemen:
The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN.
Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors.
The bomb is very similar to the one that wreaked devastation in an attack on a funeral hall in Yemen in October 2016 in which 155 people were killed and hundreds more wounded. The Saudi coalition blamed “incorrect information” for that strike, admitted it was a mistake and took responsibility.
Jared Kushner’s friend Mohammed Bin Salman has created a catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen:
The World Food Programme (WFP) has said there “very well could be” famine in remote areas of Yemen where the UN’s food agency does not have access, painting a bleak picture of the hunger crisis gripping the country.
“Yemen is a disaster and I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel right now,” WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley told reporters at a closed briefing during the UN General Assembly in New York City on Thursday.
The WFP has warned that Yemen is on the brink of a full-blown famine, with 18 million of its 29 million population food insecure, 8.4 million severely so.
Jared Kushner reportedly shared U.S. intelligence information with Mohammed Bin Salman, including information about who might not be loyal to Mohammed Bin Salman:
Jared Kushner discussed classified information from the president’s daily briefing with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who bragged that he had Kushner “in his pocket,” The Intercept reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed source.
Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, had access to the briefing, a highly sensitive intelligence update meant to be seen by only the president and his top advisers, before being stripped of his top-secret security clearance last month.
Before losing that access, Kushner was particularly interested in information about the Middle East, The Intercept reported, citing several former White House and US government officials.
Several sources told The Intercept that after the meeting, Salman told close confidants that Kushner had spilled the names of the Saudi royals “disloyal” to the prince — something Kushner’s camp denies strongly.
Jared Kushner’s friend Mohammed Bin Salman then arrested several members of the Saudi royal family:
On November 4, a week after Kushner returned to the U.S., the crown prince, known in official Washington by his initials MBS, launched what he called an anti-corruption crackdown. The Saudi government arrested dozens of members of the Saudi royal family and imprisoned them in the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, which was first reported in English by The Intercept. The Saudi figures named in the President’s Daily Brief were among those rounded up; at least one was reportedly tortured.
Jared Kushner’s friend Mohammed Bin Salman also orchestrated the cold blooded murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who lived in Virginia:
The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.
The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally. A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate, where he had gone to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.
Jamal Khashoggi drew the ire of Saudi Arabia in 2016 because he criticized Donald Trump:
Jamal Khashoggi has been banned from writing in newspapers, making TV appearances and attending conferences, Middle East Eye reports.
After Mr Khashoggi criticised Mr Trump’s Middle East policies at a Washington think-tank on 10 November, an official Saudi spokesman said he did not represent the Kingdom in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
Jared Kushner tried to help Mohammed Bin Salman manage the fallout from the Khashoggi murder:
Kushner even spoke to the prince after the Oct. 2 slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, offering advice on how to weather the storm and offering to be Salman’s most influential White House defender, the report said.
There was a ton of scrutiny paid to two former Trump cabinet officials Scott Pruitt and Tom Price due to ethics scandals. That scrutiny ultimately led to their resignations. Jared Kushner makes those two look like saints.
Jared Kushner should not have a position in the United States government.