Kushner loses top-secret security status

Ivanka with her father President Trump and husband Jared Kushner in the oval office. Image Ivanka Trump  Twitter

According to the report, Joshua Harris, the founder of Apollo Management - whose loan refinanced the mortgage on Kushner's Chicago skyscraper - who was advising Trump administration on infrastructure policy, also met with Jared Kushner previous year.

The family real estate business of Jared Kushner reportedly received millions of dollars in loans from two companies whose leaders met with him in the White House past year.

Also early in 2017, Kushner met with a chief exec from Citigroup in the White House.

Likewise, Kushner had meetings with Citigroup's top exec Michael Corbat - to discuss financial and trade policy, several sources told The Times.

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.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg LP reported both the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice subpoenaed lenders and investors involved with Kushner family properties in NY and New Jersey, some dating back as far as 2010.

The funding from Apollo Global Management went toward the Kushner Company's mortgage on a Chicago skyscraper, while the loan from Citigroup was used for the Kushner Company's Brooklyn office buildings.

Citigroup spokeswoman Danielle Romero-Apsilos told the Times Kushner Cos had been a bank client since before the election and that the relationship had no connection to Kushner's White House role.

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Apollo defended its move in extending the loan to Kushner to the New York Times. The two reportedly did not discuss Kushner Companies.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's clearance was similarly downgraded, Politico reported Tuesday. She said Citigroup negotiated the 2017 loan with Kushner Cos' business partner, a real estate developer.

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

Last year, the regulators asked Deutsche Bank for details about transactions it had flagged as suspicious that had apparent ties to officials in Mr. Trump's administration or people close to them, one of the people said.

This blurring of lines is a potential liability for Kushner, who recently lost his top-secret security clearance amid worries from some US officials that foreign governments might try to gain influence with the White House by doing business with Kushner.

Kushner's contacts with foreign officials are now under investigation by USA special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been probing Russia's interference in the last presidential election since May 2017.

Mirijanian, the spokesperson for Kushner's lawyer, said Mueller had not sought from the Kushner Cos. or Kushner "any information or document concerning any business dealing either has had".

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.

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