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Is There Favoritism In Washington? Kushner Fails To Concede

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Is There Favoritism In Washington? Kushner Fails To Concede

Jared Kushner just had a complaint filed against him with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). The complaint was lodged by a government watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The complaint alleges that President Trump’s son-in-law did not disclose his interest in the online real estate investment company Cadre, which he co-founded and has not divested from. CREW has said that the White House adviser has created a conflict of interest.
“Kushner’s failure to disclose his ownership in Cadre is very troubling,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. “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,” he continued.
The complaint reports that OGE has granted a certificate of divestiture, this allows government employees to “to defer capital gains taxes on property they sell to comply with conflict of interest requirements.” CREW maintains that the certificate of divestiture would require Kushner to sell his interests in Cadre, something the president’s son-in-law has not done.
The Wall Street Journal was the first to report in May that Kushner still had a stake in Cadre. A lawyer for Kushner, Jamie Gorelick, defended him by saying that Kushner disclosed his interests with Cadre to OGE before the president’s inauguration and that it was reported in his White House ethics agreement.
“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,” Gorelick said in the statement released in May. “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,” Gorelick said.
Gorelick also noted, “additional details regarding the asset” have been added to a form that will be released publicly following OGE certification.
This recent complaint filed by CREW against Kushner is one of some ethics complaints facing Trump’s administration. On of the top Justice Department officials service as a corporate compliance watchdog resigned last week saying that she could no longer require companies to follow government ethics laws when members of the administration were not acting appropriately concerning ethics and compliance.
What do you think about this most recent complaint against Kushner?
Credit: The Hill

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