Warren turns focus to Kushner’s loans

Warren turns focus to Kushner’s loans
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenMore Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? Poll: Most Massachusetts voters don't think Warren should run for president in 2020 MORE (D) joined several other Democrats on Friday demanding information from two companies on their business dealings with President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE's son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Manafort’s plea deal — the clear winners and losers MORE.

In two letters obtained by Politico, the Massachusetts Democrat, alongside Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperTrump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!' Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet EPA to abandon restrictions against chemical linked to climate change MORE (D-Del.) Gary PetersGary Charles PetersLawmakers move to award posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to Aretha Franklin The farm bill gives Congress a chance to act on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act Bipartisanship alive and well, protecting critical infrastructure MORE (D-Mich.), and Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsRep. Cummings: Will Kavanaugh take lie detector test and ask for FBI investigation? Graham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests 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.