Warren turns focus to Kushner’s loans

Warren turns focus to Kushner’s loans
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers 'Fearless Girl' statue to be moved away from Wall Street bull Sanders, Warren, O’Rourke inspire patriotic small donor waves MORE (D) joined several other Democrats on Friday demanding information from two companies on their business dealings with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlynn to campaign for Montana GOP Senate candidate Trump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone Decline in EPA enforcement won't keep climate bill from coming MORE's son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos Kushner’s company subpoenaed by federal jury after filing false paperwork MORE.

In two letters obtained by Politico, the Massachusetts Democrat, alongside Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperGOP chairman probes Pruitt’s four email addresses Watchdog requests probe into relationship between top EPA aide and man investigating him Overnight Finance: Wells Fargo could pay B fine | Dems seek info on loans to Kushner | House to vote on IRS reform bills | Fed vice chair heading before Congress MORE (D-Del.) Gary PetersGary Charles PetersSenate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA Dem senators call on FCC to protect against robocalls Overnight Finance: Wells Fargo could pay B fine | Dems seek info on loans to Kushner | House to vote on IRS reform bills | Fed vice chair heading before Congress MORE (D-Mich.), and Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsThe Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos Trump claims vindication after release of Comey memos Top Oversight Dem: Comey memos corroborate what he said about Trump 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.


"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.