Jared Kushner's future in White House uncertain as scandals pile up

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"Jared is still a valued member of the administration", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said last week.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner watch as US President Donald Trump speaks January 4, 2018.

Mr Trump mused last week that everything might be better for Mr Kushner and Ms Trump if they simply gave up their government jobs and returned to NY, according to a White House official who has discussed it with him.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of federal investigators is examining whether senior presidential advisor Jared Kushner's discussions with foreign leaders during the presidential transition affected policy in ways meant to benefit him or led to retaliation against foreign leaders who did not back his business interests, NBC News reported, citing witnesses and other people familiar with the investigation.

But Kushner, who rarely makes public statements, has become the story in recent weeks after Chief of Staff John Kelly limited his access to highly sensitive material due to his interim security clearance. These led Tuesday to the downgrading of Kushner's security clearance, the resignation of Hicks Wednesday, and the revelation Thursday that the FBI's counterintelligence unit had opened an investigation into Ivanka Trump's overseas business activities.


Kushner's family business, Kushner Companies, approached Qatar several times, including last spring, about investing in its troubled flagship property at 666 Fifth Avenue in NY, but Qatar's sovereign wealth fund declined, NBC News said, citing two sources familiar with the discussions.

Kushner divested himself from Kushner Companies before taking his White House post but did not remove his financial interests from the family company, NBC reported. "What we're now seeing is the radiating effects of that, and it's enveloped him, his White House, his family and his friends".

Former Rep. Timothy Roemer said in many ways, Trump's dark demeanor of late is exactly what voters asked for.

"The situation is made much worse by the fact that when you have family members in the White House, it makes it much more hard", he said. "Some of his administration colleagues are just more reluctant to have conversations with him or in his company because they're not sure if he's a witness or a target of the Mueller investigation", one unnamed official told the Post.

Trump gave Kushner an nearly unprecedently broad portfolio, from streamlining the USA government to working for Middle East peace. "People haven't heard much from him in months". Mueller exemplifies the vast and sweeping powers that the state intelligence agencies are assuming in conjunction with the Democratic Party's conspiratorial drive to undermine or remove Trump.


For instance, aides said, Trump seethed with anger last Wednesday night over cable news coverage of a photo, obtained by Axios, showing Sessions at dinner with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, and another top Justice Department prosecutor.

Ms Trump, meanwhile, is also facing questions about her level of access to the nation's secrets following a high-profile meeting with South Korean officials during the Winter Olympics.

Amid the chaos, Mr Kushner has attempted to maintain a sense of normality.

"I think everybody has to focus on what is best for the president", Christie said.


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