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Government Watchdog Group Has Jared Kushner In Its Sights - Files A Complaint

Ever since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, there has been a whole lot of snooping around to find a proverbial smoking gun. That snooping around has extended to Trump’s vast business holdings, members of his administration, and his family members. To date, the snooping has resulted in a gigantic nothing burger with extra toppings. Nonetheless, there are plenty of folks that insist on digging around into things, mainly because they are downright convinced they’ll find something - or they believe that at least they’ll hang a nasty black cloud over the president and his administration.

As The Hill shares, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog group, has stepped up to the plate to try to find something rotten in the state of Denmark. The target of their consternation is White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and they feel he hasn’t crossed all of his T’s and dotted all of his I’s.

“Kushner’s failure to disclose his ownership in Cadre is very troubling. It appears to be one of his larger investments, not something he could easily overlook, and it is impossible to ensure that senior government officials are behaving ethically if they fail to disclose key assets,” according to a statement from CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder.

Cadre is an online real estate investment company for which Kushner has a stake in, and the inference is that he’s been trying to keep it under wraps. Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, addressed the matter in a statement back in May.

"Mr. Kushner resigned from Cadre’s board, assigned his voting rights, and reduced his ownership share. As part of this restructuring, Mr. Kushner's interest in Cadre was transferred to BFPS Ventures, LLC," the statement read in part.

That was around the time that the Wall Street Journal reported on the Cadre stake, and Gorelick addressed it immediately.

"The interest in Cadre was added before we were contacted by the Wall Street Journal. We prepared the form on Mr. Kushner’s behalf and have been working closely with OGE to ensure that it satisfies disclosure requirements," she said.

Seems simple enough, unless you insist on squinting really hard to see something that’s not there.

Gorelick would also point out that “it is normal for an appointee to make changes to a financial disclosure report and add information during [the OGE] review process," later adding that
"Mr. Kushner will recuse consistent with government ethics rules."

So exactly what is there to see here? Not too much, unless you’re the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, that is. The matter was already brought forward, Kushner’s attorney handled it, and he was quite forthcoming with information while doing so. Period. If there’s something to see here, you can be sure that the Office of Government Ethics will raise a red flag and ensure it’s dealt with promptly.

Furthermore, do groups such as CREW really believe that Kushner, Trump and other White House associates are so incompetent and/or nefarious that they don’t run things by their personal attorneys and the White House counsel’s office? We’ll consider that unlikely, but this watchdog group has to find a reason for existing, outside of chasing its own tail.

Source: The Hill
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