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FACT SHEET: House Republicans’ Hypocrisy Exposed: They Lie About President Biden and Turn a Blind Eye to Trump Family Corruption

Aug 1, 2023

This week, new campaign finance disclosures revealed that Jared Kushner’s father — who got a pardon during the final days of the Trump administration — recently donated a million dollars towards Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Yet even as James Comer and his MAGA allies in Congress have spent months investigating and lying about President Biden and his family over so-called influence peddling, they are silent about the corrupt activities of Trump’s family.

This is just the latest example of Republicans refusing to look at Trump’s corruption in favor of imaginary and false allegations against President Biden that they have repeatedly failed  to prove. House Republicans are showing yet again that the GOP is just another arm of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, deflecting and distracting with lies about President Biden.

New Revelations Show Trump’s Kids Are Still Mixing Business and Politics

Jared Kushner’s Father Donated $1 Million To Trump’s Super PAC After Being Pardoned of Federal Crimes. Last month, the father of former President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner donated $1 million to Trump’s super PAC. “The super PAC, which is called Make America Great Again Inc., has already sent back $12.25 million to the group paying Mr. Trump’s legal bills, according to federal records — a sum nearly as large as the $13.1 million the super PAC raised from donors in the first half of 2023. Those donations included $1 million from the father of his son-in-law, Charles Kushner, whom Mr. Trump pardoned for federal crimes in his final days as president, and $100,000 from a candidate seeking Mr. Trump’s endorsement. […] Save America, Mr. Trump’s political action committee, is prohibited by law from directly spending money on his candidacy. When Save America donated $60 million last year to Mr. Trump’s super PAC — which is permitted to spend on his campaign — effectively evaded that prohibition. [New York Times, 7/31/23]

Recent Appearances Suggest Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Are Coming Back Into the Corrupt Trump Fold. “According to Trump advisers, Ivanka and Kushner have been more visible lately, stoking speculation that the pair could take an active role in Trump’s 2024 campaign. They have been living at their cottage on the grounds of Bedminster, sources said. And last month Ivanka attended her father’s birthday dinner, a source added. ‘They’ve been spotted more frequently this summer,’ a top campaign strategist told me. ‘They’ve made it clear they’re supportive. They pop into meetings to say hi.’ Trump advisers cautioned that, at least for now, Kushner and Ivanka are only engaging as members of the Trump family and are not participating in an official advisory capacity. [Vanity Fair, 7/31/23]

Former President Trump Spent Four Years Enriching His Corrupt Children

Even As He Demands Action On Hunter Biden, James Comer Still Refuses To Investigate Trump Family Influence Peddling. If Comer actually cared about potential influence peddling and corruption, he would be investigating how Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, and Jared Kushner profited off their time in the White House instead of chasing baseless political stunts:

  • Less Than Six Months After Leaving The White House, Jared Kushner’s Firm Received A $2B Investment From Saudi Arabia Despite Widespread Opposition From Committees In The Saudi Government. “Ms. Maloney’s letter refers to disclosures, first published by The New York Times in early April, that the Saudi government’s main sovereign wealth fund invested $2 billion in Mr. Kushner’s firm despite objections from one of its own internal committees over his lack of relevant investment experience. That investment occurred less than six months after Mr. Kushner left his post in the White House — a role that had given him broad oversight of the administration’s diplomacy efforts in the Middle East.” [New York Times, 6/2/22]
  • Jared Kushner Used His Influence to Enrich His Family. While Jared Kushner served as a White House Senior Advisor, his family enriched themselves through real estate deals, loans, and bailouts coinciding with official state business. To make matters worse, officials from the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel, and Mexico discussed plans to use Jared Kushner’s business interests to manipulate the White House official. “Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter. Among those nations discussing ways to influence Kushner to their advantage were the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico, the current and former officials said.” [Washington Post, 2/27/18]
  • Jared Kushner Held Contacts With Foreign Officials He Did Not Officially Report Or Clear With The National Security Council. “H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report.” [Washington Post, 2/27/18]
  • In April 2017, Ivanka Trump Received Three Trademark Approvals In China The Same Day Ivanka And Her Father Dined With Chinese President Xi Jinping. “On the same day Trump and his daughter dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in April 2017, China awarded her three preliminary trademark approvals for jewelry, handbags and spa services.” [LA Times, 10/10/19]
  • During His Presidency, Trump Operated A Web Of Over 500 Shadowy LLCs Not Subject To External Audits Or Rigorous Disclosure Requirements. For decades, Donald Trump operated a web of shadowy LLCs used to evade taxes and conceal loans and business interests. Even during his presidency, Trump’s use of LLCs allowed him to keep much of his financial portfolio outside the public eye. As NBC News reported, “‘[W]e don’t know which foreign assets or bank accounts he owns or where they’re located. We don’t know how much foreign tax he has paid and to which countries. We can’t verify which charities he’s funding.’”
  • In 2017, Donald Jr. And Eric Trump Promoted A Project In India With A Picture Of President Trump, Noting The Tie With “POTUS,” While Taxpayers Covered Security Costs. “In 2017, the Trumps marketed another project in India — this one in Mumbai — with a picture of President Trump, calling it ‘an opportunity worth its weight in gold’ to be associated with ‘celebrity & POTUS Donald Trump’s Trump Organisation,’ using the abbreviation for president of the United States and the British spelling for organization.” [LA Times, 10/10/19]