Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner
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On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met at Trump Tower with a host of Russian parties to discuss Russia’s offer to provide the Trump campaign with intelligence that would allegedly be damaging to Hillary Clinton. Source

In October 2016, Deutsche Bank loaned Jared Kushner $370 million to refinance his company’s commercial property in Manhattan. Kushner and his brother Joshua both agreed to personally guarantee the debt. Kushner did not disclose the loan or his personal guarantee in his financial disclosure form filed with the Office of Government Ethics (although it’s unclear if disclosure would have been required). Source1 Source2

In December 2016, before the Obama administration had announced new sanctions against Russia for its election interference, Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower. Source During the meeting they discussed strategy in Syria and other various policy issues. Kislyak was later recorded saying to another Russian official that at this meeting, Flynn and Kushner asked the Russians to set up a direct, encrypted communications channel with Russia, so that Flynn could regularly speak directly with Russian military officials without the knowledge of American intelligence agencies. Source

Days later, Kushner had a separate meeting at Trump Tower with Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker and chairman of Vnesheconombank (VEB) who graduated from Russia’s Academy of the Federal Counter-Intelligence Service. Source VEB has been used by Russian intelligence to plant spies in the US. For example, in 2016, Evgeny Buryakov pleaded guilty after being caught posing as a VEB employee while working for Russian intelligence. Source

Note that December 2016 was the same time that Rosneft completed the sale of its 19.5% stake, which the Steele Dossier alleges was part of a quid pro quo with the Trump campaign. Also, many parties that may have been involved in this Rosneft deal were also meeting Trump campaign members at Trump Tower at this time. Very soon after Gorkov met at Trump Tower, in January 2017, Rosneft also sought to purchase part of Gorkov’s VEB. Source (Machine Translation)

Also note that, during the Trump administration’s first week in office, they said they were considering an executive order to lift sanctions on Russia, which would have benefited Gorkov’s VEB. Source

In January 2017, when applying for security clearance, Kushner failed to disclose any of his contacts with Russians or any other foreign officials. Kushner has undertaken a long series of amendments to his security clearance forms after additional contacts and meetings with Russian officials have continued to surface. Source