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Democratic Congressmen Investigating Qatar Links Of Donald Trump’s Son-In-Law

December 14th, 2020 17:50

Us media is report­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­ers in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives are inves­ti­gat­ing Jared Kush­n­er, the son-in-law of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald. Trump. Accord­ing to the Dai­ly Beast report, one of the issues under inves­ti­ga­tion is the ques­tion of what is described as a “bailout” from a com­pa­ny whose sec­ond largest share­hold­er is the Gov­ern­ment of Qatar:

Decem­ber 9, 2020 Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers in the House For­eign Affairs and Sen­ate Finance com­mit­tees are look­ing into Jared Kushner’s real estate and for­eign pol­i­cy deal­ings. In 2018, Kushner’s fam­i­ly accept­ed a bail-out from a com­pa­ny known as Brook­field Asset Man­age­ment whose sec­ond-biggest stake­hold­er is the gov­ern­ment of Qatar. The fam­i­ly had been look­ing for assis­tance mak­ing a $1.2 bil­lion mort­gage pay­ment. Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, the U.S.’s pol­i­cy towards Qatar shift­ed in a friend­lier direc­tion, bro­ker­ing the end of a Sau­di block­ade that had been in place since 2017. The Kush­n­er fam­i­ly had been search­ing for help with its strug­gling sky­scraper at 666 Fifth Avenue in Man­hat­tan. Brook­field Asset Man­age­ment bought the ground lease under the build­ing and paid near­ly 100 years of rent upfront. “While Brook­field has claimed that Qatari rep­re­sen­ta­tives had no involve­ment in the 666 Fifth Avenue trans­ac­tion,” a state­ment from Sen. Ron Wyden (D‑OR) and Rep. Joaquin Cas­tro (D‑TX) reads, “We remain trou­bled that Qatari funds end­ed up in a bil­lion-dol­lar res­cue for a com­pa­ny direct­ly tied to Jared Kushner.”

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In Octo­ber, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed on what has been described as the ‘unusu­al’ hir­ing of a Demo­c­ra­t­ic lob­by­ing firm by the Qatari gov­ern­ment, after years of attempts to get clos­er to Pres­i­dent Trump and oth­er promi­nent Republicans.