Kushner's Company Got $509M in Loans After WH Meetings

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that Kushner held meetings with Apollo Global Management founder Joshua Harris a year ago on multiple occasions.

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow wrangled all of Wednesday's late breaking news on President Donald Trump into a riveting expose on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The pair also discussed a White House job for Harris that never materialized.

Signature, a NY state-chartered bank, said in an email that, with the permission of its client, it could state that "the Kushner Family and Kushner Co have been clients since 2010". The loan was to refinance the mortgage on a Chicago skyscraper. She said Citigroup negotiated the 2017 loan with Kushner Cos' business partner, a real estate developer.

A third officer, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said that "Deputy General Prosecutor Rod Rosenstein has recently provided new information to the White House legal advisor, Don McGahn", which led to a breakdown of Mr. Kushner's request for security clearance. The two men talked about financial and trade policy and did not discuss Kushner's family business, one person said. Kushner and the equity group executive reportedly met a number of times before the loan was granted.

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell, said Kushner has had no role in Kushner Cos since joining the government.

However, a spokesperson for Kushner Companies denied receiving any such letter of request while describing Kushner Companies as a "multibillion enterprise that is extremely financially strong".

Kushner Companies spokeswoman Christine Taylor criticized The Times, calling the story an attempt to make "insinuating connections that do not exist to disparage the financial institutions and companies involved".

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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 tenure in the White House has been dogged by questions about conflicts of interest between his government work and his family business, in which he remains heavily invested. For example, Kushner is charged with bringing peace to the Middle East, but he's now legally forbidden from reading intelligence reports about that area.

Kushner, who had a broad portfolio in the White House, including leading Middle East peace negotiations and an effort to modernize and reduce the size of some government programs, lost his interim top-secret security clearance, two US officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The narrative surrounding Kushner's business and political affairs have kept the attention of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting a broad inquiry into whether Russian Federation and people in Trump's orbit cooperated in efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA election. Kushner's firm has sought investments from the Chinese insurer Anbang and from the former prime minister of Qatar.

Mueller learned that Kushner directed a campaign to combat the Obama administration's eleventh-hour effort in December 2016 to pass an anti-settlement resolution through the UN Security Council.

Kushner resigned as chief executive of Kushner Cos. when he joined the White House last January, and he sold a small portion of his stake in the company to a trust controlled by his mother.

One US official with knowledge of US intelligence confirmed that one of the countries, the UAE, has seemed particularly interested in cultivating ties with Mr Kushner.

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