Jared Kushner's security clearance downgraded

Kushner's Israeli business ties examined amid loss of security clearance

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, got two large loans for his family real estate business a year ago after executives began visiting the White House, according to a Wednesday report.

"So that loan, $184 million, after these meetings at the White Wouse between the Apollo guy and Jared Kushner...they talk among other things about a potential job at the White House for the Apollo guy", Maddow noted.

Kushner's security clearance, as first reported by Politico, was downgraded Tuesday by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, along with those of several other administration staffers who had been working on interim clearances since Trump's inauguration.

DFS Superintendent Maria Vullo, an appointee of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has asked for the banks to reply to her request by Monday, March 5, said the person familiar with the letters. And that, on its own, raises concerns about the subsequent financial transactions between Kushner Companies and Apollo. The outlet said Citigroup gave out an even larger loan last spring - $325 million.

At the same time, Kushner is the head of the Trump administration's effort to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

Kushner Companies has said in a statement that Jared Kushner's White House role had no impact on the company's financial relationships.

Kushner's complex business dealings in Israel and worldwide - some of which he divested from upon entering the White House - are raising questions about how he has been exposed to conflicts of interest.

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"Our company is a multibillion enterprise that is extremely financially strong".

"Prior to our CEO voluntarily resigning to serve our country, we never had any type of inquiries", Taylor said in an email. According to reports, Mueller has been looking into the financial dealings of a number of Trump family members, including Kushner. "These types of inquiries appear to be harassment exclusively for political reasons".

Spokesmen for Deutsche Bank and New York Community Bank also declined to comment. He said Kushner "has taken no part of any business, loans or projects with or for" Kushner Cos. since joining the White House and he has followed ethics advice.

But the complicated finances surrounding the Kushner family's vast real-estate empire and his qualifications for the foreign policy responsibilities given to him by his father-in-law invited scrutiny from the start.

On the same day Kushner's clearance was restricted, the Washington Post reported that the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico have targeted Kushner as a potential target for manipulation or blackmail because of his policy inexperience and sizable debt, according to current and former US officials.

We don't know whether he had any role during the campaign in soliciting help from or working in concert with Russians to sway the election, although he did attend - along with Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. - the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner takes his seat as USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (R) looks on before the start of a UN Security Council meeting concerning issues in the Middle East, at UN headquarters in New York City, Feb. 20, 2018.

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