White House investigating $500M worth of Kushner loan deals

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Lawyers for the Trump administration are now looking at two loan that White House senior advisor Jared Kushner's business took out to see if they violated any federal ethics regulations or other criminal laws.

The loan was given shortly after Citigroup's chief executive, Michael Corbat, met with Kushner in the White House.

Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, had asked Apol on March 1 about a New York Times report in February that Kushner Cos. accepted $184 million in loans from Apollo Global Management and $325 million from Citigroup previous year over a span of several months after Kushner met with officials from the two firms.

Apol said he raised those questions with White House officials "to ensure that they have begun the process of ascertaining to determine whether any law or regulation has been violated".

Citigroup and Apollo Global Management told reporters that yes, they loaned Kushner Companies the money, but they dispute the idea that their meetings with Kushner at the White House had anything to do with it.

Democratic Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi's then asked the US Office of Government Ethics whether whether Kushner's actions "constitute a breach of his ethical obligations to the American people", should the New York Times report prove to be true.

The loans "raise serious ethical questions that need to be investigated", Krishnamoorthi wrote in the letter to the ethics agency. He faced growing scrutiny after The Washington Post reported he requested more intelligence than most other White House officials, and following reports he updated his clearance forms multiple times since joining the administration.

Two companies confirmed earlier this month that they have provided hundreds of millions in loans to Kushner's family business, but disputed in letters to Democratic lawmakers that there was a connection between those loans and meetings Kushner had with their executives. The loan "was negotiated on behalf of ARI by an Apollo investment professional with a history of doing business with Kushner Companies that predated his tenure at Apollo".

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