NEWSWEEK: Republicans have turned on Jared Kushner
Republicans appear to have turned on Jared Kushner, son-in-law of former President Donald Trump, over the $2 billion in Saudi investment his company received six months after Trump left the White House — He writes Newsweek.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, raised the issue during remarks in New Hampshire on Wednesday, comparing Kushner to Hunter Biden.
House Republicans are looking into Hunter Biden’s dealings as part of an investigation into allegations that his father, President Joe Biden, was involved in business dealings with his son.
In a speech in Salem, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, Christie’s drew attention to the $2 billion Saudi investment in Kushner’s company, Affinity Partners.
During the Trump administration, Kushner was a senior adviser to the White House and was closely involved in the administration’s Middle East policy.
“Why send Jared Kushner to the Middle East when you have Rex Tillerson and Mike Pompeo as secretaries of state? Two men of incredible experience,” Christie said.
“You sent it?” Christie added, “We found out the answer six months after he left office: $2 billion from the Saudis to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, $2 billion, and because he did all that and more for his family. He normalized that behavior.”
“I will put an end to this family scam. We are not a Third World Republican. We are the United States of America. And it is time for the Donald Trump family to get off the dole and move back to New York where they belong.”
Christie, a former Trump ally, is highly critical of the ex-president. As United States Attorney, Christie sued Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and illegal campaign donations. Trump pardoned Kushner in December 2020.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, the Republican who is leading the congressional investigation into Hunter Biden, responded to Christie’s comments in an interview with CNN on Thursday.
“I have made clear that I believe what Kushner did crossed the moral line.”
Comer said on CNN’s The Lead with host Jake Tapper.
Kushner’s company, Affinity Partners, received a $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund six months after Trump left office, even though the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s review board found the deal questionable, according to minutes of the meeting seen by the Journal. The New York Times.
The board of directors of the sovereign wealth fund, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, dismissed these concerns.