Maddow Interviews Author of Bombshell NYT Kushner Report: Were $500M Loans ‘Potentially a Bribe?’
Rachel Maddow threw out much of her scheduled program at the 11th hour Wednesday night when news broke that Jared Kushner met with businessmen whose companies later gave sizeable loans to his business, Kushner Companies.
Maddow brought in The New York Times‘ Jesse Drucker, one of the co-authors of the report, to help her break down the story.
“We have no indication that they discussed the loans, but… the issue ethics experts would raise is you have a potential issue even if he doesn’t raise the loan,” Drucker said. “Jared Kushner is one of the most powerful people in the world right now. We know that he discussed a job, a White House job, with [CEO of private equity firm Apollo] Joshua Harris. And that, on its own, raises concerns about the subsequent financial transactions between Kushner Companies and Apollo.
“To be clear, there’s a number of very, in some cases, specific, in some cases potentially nebulous triggers to determine if this actually is a violation of the ethics regulations or the law,” Drucker added.
“Or potentially a bribe,” Maddow offered.
“Yeah, I’m not going to speculate about that,” Drucker replied coolly. “[But this potentially] creates a certain relationship between him and Mr. Harris, which in turn prohibits him from engaging in other sorts of decisions and conversations as a government official.”
“We don’t know what happened beyond those meetings… and Apollo and other private equity firms are looking to create serious businesses on, figuring out ways to make money from the infrastructure plan,” he said. “Donald Trump had made promises that they be taxed at a higher rate and that disappeared. So Apollo has very significant interests at stake when it comes to the Trump administration.”
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