Warren turns focus to Kushner’s loans

Warren turns focus to Kushner’s loans
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser Senate Dems rip Trump after Putin news conference Sanders: Trump should confront Putin over Mueller probe indictments MORE (D) joined several other Democrats on Friday demanding information from two companies on their business dealings with President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerOn The Money: US files complaints at WTO | House leaders get deal to boost biz investment | Mnuchin says US will consider Iran sanctions waivers | FCC deals blow to Sinclair-Tribune merger NY to investigate allegations of tenant harassment by Kushner Cos. Tenants in Kushner Cos. building say they were pushed out: report MORE.

In two letters obtained by Politico, the Massachusetts Democrat, alongside Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperNew EPA chief draws sharp contrast to Pruitt Overnight Energy: New EPA head looks to reassure staff | New round of ex-Pruitt staffers leave | House votes to overhaul fisheries law | Trump rips Germany for pipeline deal with Russia Dems grasp for way to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick MORE (D-Del.) Gary PetersGary Charles PetersThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Dem senator: Kavanaugh sides with 'wealthiest special interests' Judge on Trump shortlist boasts stint on Michigan's high court MORE (D-Mich.), and Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHillicon Valley: Trump denies Russian meddling at presser with Putin | Republicans join in criticism of Trump | FCC chief rejects Sinclair-Tribune merger | Uber faces probe over gender discrimination | Social media execs headed to Capitol Overnight Energy: Koch backs bill opposing carbon taxes | Lawmakers look to Interior budget to block offshore drilling | EPA defends FOIA process Indictments show the need for Mueller investigation to continue MORE (D-Md.), called for Citigroup and Apollo Global Management to release details of loans they provided Kushner Companies after meeting with Kushner in the White House.

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"Federal ethics laws prohibit federal employees from profiting from their government service, and Mr. Kushner's refusal to fully divest from his financial holdings raises questions about his behavior as a Special Adviser to President Trump," the letter to Citigroup reads. "It would be a serious matter if the loans provided to Kushner Companies by Citigroup resulted in a violation of federal ethics laws."

The letters go on to demand information as to whether Kushner and representatives from the two companies discussed the loans or the Kushner Companies in any way during their meetings in the White House.

Kushner has been at the center of questions about his foreign business dealings since joining the Trump administration last year, and recently had his security clearance downgraded from the top secret/SCI level to the secret level, a move brought on by months of failure to satisfy background check investigators.

A report last week revealed that Kushner obtained millions in loans after hosting executives from Apollo and Citigroup at the White House.

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, who made the decision to downgrade Kushner's clearance, said in a statement that he retains full confidence in Kushner to carry out his White House tasks.

"As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico," Kelly said.