Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Jared Kushner on Murdoch ex-wife

Jared Kushner was warned of Wendi Deng Murdoch during a security briefing just before President Trump's inauguration

In what is quite possibly the weirdest development in the ongoing stories about foreign governments influencing members of the Trump White House, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that (in early 2017) USA counterintelligence officials warned Jared Kushner that Wendi Deng Murdoch, Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch's ex-wife, might be using her friendship with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to further the interests of the Chinese government.

Ms Deng and Mr Kushner were not blamed for any wrongdoing in the report from the WSJ, which is distributed by News Corp, the huge media domain led by Rupert Murdoch. He added that she "has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government".

Murdoch, The Journal said, was previously believed to have lobbied for a planned $100 million Chinese garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

A spokesman for Murdoch told the Journal that she "has no knowledge of any Federal Bureau of Investigation concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations" and no knowledge of Chinese government-funded garden projects.

Early in 2017 U.S. officials urged Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the USA president, to exercise caution around Murdoch, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The meeting was described as a "routine senior staff security briefing".

Kushner and Trump, both White House advisers, have had a close relationship with Murdoch for years, including during her marriage to Rupert Murdoch.

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Entrepreneur and socialite Ivanka Trump, businessman Jared Kushner and Wendi Murdoch attend the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection Launch Benefitting The United Nations Foundation at Trump Park Avenue on March 1, 2010 in New York City.

In 2016, Ivanka Trump posted several photos of the two posing together while on holiday in Croatia.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Speaking of speculations, the report also mentions the old rumor that Wendi Deng Murdoch had an affair with Tony Blair when she was still married to Rupert Murdoch. She changed her name as a teenager.

The twist: the country in question is China, not Russian Federation. Shortly afterwards the Californian couple divorced and Murdoch married the husband.

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