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Seth Meyers Isn't Done Laughing at "Cartoonishly Corrupt" Jared Kushner

Patty Aguilar | 04 March, 2018, 22:24

Earlier this week Jared Kushner's top-secret security clearance was downgraded after White House chief of staff John Kelly imposed new rules about clearances.

Federal investigators are looking into whether Jared Kushner's business talks with foreigners, as his father-in-law Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency, later influenced White House policy, NBC News reported on Friday.

According to the NBC report, several unnamed Qatari officials think in the weeks following the meetings, the USA retaliated against Qatar by supporting a blockade against Qatar imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt.

Trump has vented at times that the couple should have never come to the White House and should leave, White House aides told the newspaper.

In addition to the report about Kushner and Qatar, The New York Times reported Wednesday that early in 2017, Kushner allegedly held multiple meetings at the White House with executives from two major Wall Street companies.

Concerns about Kushner's business dealings while working in the White House have intensified in recent days.

And a Washington Post report suggested that officials from China, Israel, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates had discussed ways to exploit Kushner's inexperience and financial entanglements.

The deal eventually fell through, the Intercept wrote.

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After the collapse of talks between Qatar and the Kushner Companies, the White House strongly backed a blockade against Qatar by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which accused Qatar of backing terrorism.

"Mr. Kushner's role in the campaign and transition was to be a point person for completely appropriate contacts from foreign officials and he did not mix his or his former company's business in those contacts", the spokesperson, Peter Mirijanian, said in a statement.

The background check on Kushner for his security clearance has gone on more 15 months as officials examine issues in his application, sources have previously told ABC News. The spokesman did acknowledge that Kushner had indeed met with "hundreds of business people" in the course of his official work. But that hasn't enough to quell suspicion that he may be using his proximity to the president as financial leverage to benefit his family's company.

The goal of the alleged meetings for Kushner Companies was to secure funding for 666 Fifth Avenue, the company's flagship property that is estimated to be nearly $1.5bn in debt.

For now, Trump's jokes aside, the Kushners remain in place.

NBC cited unnamed people familiar with Mueller's investigation, as well as witnesses who have been interviewed by Mueller's team.

"I can't answer that question because I don't think it's going to happen", he said.

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