Jared Kushner’s father said he is “not at all” concerned with the federal investigation into his family’s real estate company and claims that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has not been in contact to gather information for his probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Speaking to The Washington Post in his first interview since Jared Kushner entered the White House as a close adviser to President Donald Trump, Charles Kushner told the newspaper that his property firm, Kushner Companies, is working with investigators.
“All I know is that we are not at all concerned, and we are cooperating,” Kushner said. “And they can knock themselves out for the next 10 years reading those papers as far as I’m concerned.”
The U.S. attorney in Brooklyn subpoenaed information about a visa program the company used that allows foreigners to invest $500,000 in exchange for U.S. residency. In December, Kushner Companies confirmed that it had turned over documents in relation to a $285 million loan from Germany’s Deutsche Bank that Jared Kushner obtained one month before Trump was elected president.
Kushner stepped down from his role as the head of the company last January when he moved to Washington, D.C. Since then, he claims to follow an ethics agreement in which he doesn’t discuss the real estate firm, a spokesman told The Post.
Charles Kushner also claimed that Kushner Companies has not heard from Mueller as he advances his investigation into alleged Russian collusion. Congressional officials have questioned whether the Kushners sought financing from Russian sources to turn a profit on his struggling New York City property on Fifth Avenue. Jared Kushner has denied that he ever discussed his company’s financing when he met with a Russian banker during the transition period in testimony before Congress.
“No. Nothing, not heard. If you want to know the truth, no one has contacted us” from Meuller’s office, Charles Kushner told The Post.
Mueller’s office declined to comment, according to the newspaper.
Jared Kushner, who is the head of the Office of American Innovation, has been charged with a laundry list of duties in the White House, including creating peace in the Middle East and overhauling America’s prison system. This has also made him a target for critics who say that the former Democratic donor should be exerting more influence on Trump. Kushner's father was quick to defend his 37-year-old son, referring to those who criticize him as “haters.”
“I try not to focus in my life on the haters but it’s just, I have never seen anything like this,” Kushner told The Post.
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