Jared Kushner

Senior White House Adviser

  • Fall 1999 Admitted to Harvard with his brother Joshua after their father makes a $2.5 million donation to the university. Jared’s test scores are below Ivy League standards. (NYDailyNews)(TheGuardian)(BostonGlobe)(TheCrimson)(Books.Google.com)
  • College years Bought and sold buildings in Somerville, MA, earning $20 million. (NewYorker)
  • 2004 Father Charles Kushner arrested on charges of tax evasion, illegal campaign donations and witness tampering, later convicted by U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, sentenced to two years in a federal detention center in Alabama. (TheRealDeal)(Haaretz)
  • July 2006 Purchases New York Observer, a weekly newspaper, which then suffers from a string of editors quitting, starting with the legendary Peter Kaplan, who was critical of Kushner’s lack of knowledge. (Wikipedia)
  • 2007 Graduates from New York University with a JD/MBA, where his father had made a donation of $3 million in 2001. (Books.Google.com)
  • 2009 Buys a successful political gossip website called PolitickerNJ.com to attack Chris Christie during Christie’s run for governor. (WaPo)
  • Feb 2012 Put in and then withdraws a bid to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers. (NYDailyNews)
  • 12/7/13 Writes a letter to David Wildstein, a Port Authority figure involved in illegal lane closures in New Jersey meant to punish a local politician: “Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and wishing the best. For what it’s worth, I thought the move you pulled was kind of badass.” A Kushner Company spokeswoman deemed it a “poorly worded way of Jared trying to cheer up an old friend.” (WaPo)
  • 4/12/16 New York Observer becomes one of only a handful of newspapers to officially endorse Donald Trump for president during the Republican primaries. (Observer.com)
  • November 2016 Orchestrates the purging of Chris Christie as head of the transition team, presumably because Christie was the prosecutor who sent his father to prison for 14 months. (NYT)(WaPo)
  • 12/3/16 After Trump calls president of Taiwan and bypasses Beijing, the Chinese ambassador to the U.S. calls Kushner to lodge a complaint with Trump. (NYT
  • 1/7/17 Is revealed that Kushner has been meeting with Anbang Insurance Group, a massive Chinese finance firm, on a recent deal to renovate 666 Fifth Avenue, and that Kushner's family business is heavily funded by opaque foreign money. (NYT)
  • 1/21/17 After hiring Jamie Gorelick of the firm WilmerHale, is granted clearance to be a White House advisor despite federal anti-nepotism laws. (NYT)(Justice Dept opinion)
  • 2/16/17 Complains to Time Warner Executive Vice President Gary Ginsberg about how unfair CNN is treating the Trump administration. (Hill)(WSJ) CNN commentator Ana Navarro, who was named by Kushner in the complaint, lashes back calling Kushner a "baby boy." (Hill)
  • 2/21/17 Kushner Companies settles a consumer fraud suit with two residents who claimed that Kushner failed to deliver on a condo development. (MyCentralJersey)
  • 3/2/17 Is reported that Kushner participated in a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in December 2016, along with Michael Flynn. (TheNewYorker)(NYT)
  • 3/14/17 Nears the closing of a deal with Anbang Insurance Group, a company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party, that would grant the Kushner family business $400 million in an unusually favorable investment in Kushner's 666 5th Avenue building. (NYT)
  • 3/26/17 Named to head a new White House office called the White House Office of American Innovation, which will coordinate entirely with business executives to reshape federal bureaucracies. (WaPo)
  • 3/27/17 Scheduled to face questioning by the Senate Intelligence Committee about Trump campaign ties to Russia, including a meeting he orchestrated in secret between then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. (IndependentUK)
  • 3/27/17 Is reported that Kushner met with Russian banker Sergei Gorkov during the transition in December 2016. Gorkov heads a government-owned development bank that is under sanctions by the U.S. for Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. (FP)
  • 3/29/17 Ends a deal with Anbang Insurance Group that would have granted the Kushner family $400 million in investment money for the 666 5th Avenue building. (NPR)
  • 3/31/17 Ethics filing released by the White House reveal that Jared and wife Ivanka Trump will remain the beneficiaries of a business worth up to $740 million despite newly minted jobs at the White House. (NYT)
  • 4/2/17 Is reported that Chinese ambassador Cui Tiankai has established a busy back channel directly with Kushner. (NYT)
  • 4/26/17 Is reported that Kushner Companies is backed by Israeli shadow investors Ray Steinmetz, Daniel Steinmetz and Beny Steinmetz, the latter of whom is the subject of foreign corruption charges. (NYT)
  • May 2017 Visits Israel with Donald Trump in their first diplomatic trip there, just days after receiving a $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, one of Israel's largest financial institutions. (NYT)
  • 5/3/17 Is revealed that Kushner never disclosed on his government financial disclosure form his business ties with Goldman Sachs and billionaires George Soros and Peter Thiel. Kushner failed to disclose many other business ties on the government form. (MSN)
  • 5/6/17 Sister Nicole Meyer makes a pitch to more than 100 Chinese investors gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Beijing to invest $150 million in financing for a Jersey City housing development. (NYT)
  • 5/26/17 According to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports, Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring. (WaPo)
  • 5/27/17 Is discovered that Kushner did not disclose his and Ivanka's art collection, believed to be worth millions. (ArtNet)
  • 5/29/17 Kushner gets his own private daily intelligence briefing. (WaPo)
  • 5/30/17 A man investigating working conditions at a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-brand shoes is arrested and two others reported missing. (WaPo)
  • 5/31/17 Is reported that in 2015, Kushner took advantage of a federal program intended to benefit projects in poor job-starved areas, using the millions in federal subsidies to build a 50-story residential tower in Jersey City's high-end waterfront district. (WaPo)
  • 6/15/17 Is reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Kushner as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (WaPo)
  • 6/21/17 Is singled out in a House committee letter to the White House regarding concerns about security clearances being issued to applicants who did not disclose required information on the clearance questionnaire. (WaPo)
  • 6/30/17 Is reported that Kushner told Joe Scarborough that a pending National Enquirer story would run which defamed Scarborough and his co-host Mika Brzezinski unless Scarborough personally apologized to Trump. (NYMag)
  • 7/8/17 Requests a meeting with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to hear out the plan of war profiteers Erik Prince and Stephen Feinberg on how the Pentagon should be using private contractors instead of American troops in Afghanistan. This plan was developed at the behest of Kushner and Steve Bannon. Most of the proposed mercenary soldiers are not American. (NYT)
  • 7/9/17 Is reported that Kushner, along with Donald Trump, Jr. met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer after Jr was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign. The meeting was also attended by then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (NYT)
    • 6/9/16 On the same day of that meeting, June 9, 2016, father Donald Trump tweets his first tweet regarding Hillary Clinton's "missing 33,000 emails." (NBCNews)
    • Included in the meeting was a Soviet army veteran Rinat Akhmetshin (NYT)(WaPo)
    • Kushner may have violated 52 USC 30121, 36 USC 510, which forbids foreign nationals from directly or indirectly making a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value in connection with any federal, state or local election. (Vox)
    • 7/19/17 An eighth person in attendance at the meeting is identified as Ike Kaveladze, senior vice president for an Azerbaijani-Russian real estate company. (CNN)
  • 7/10/17 Is reported that several months before Donald Trump encouraged Saudi Arabia to blockade Qatar for supporting Islamic terrorism, Kushner's real estate company sought a half billion dollar investment from the firm of an ex-prime minister of Qatar. (Bloomberg)
  • 7/13/17 Updates his federal disclosure form to include more than 100 names on a list of foreign contacts. (NYT)
  • 7/20/17 Two companies working with Kushner Companies use Kushner's name and connection to the White House to lure more Chinese investors. (CNN)
  • 7/21/17 According to a revised disclosure form, Kushner failed to disclose over 70 assets that he was required by law to declare when he joined the White House. (WaPo)(revised form)
  • 7/24/17 Spends two hours answering questions from Senate investigators behind closed doors regarding his collusion with Russia during the 2016 election, denying anything improper. (WaPo)
  • 8/1/17 In a leaked meeting with interns while discussing Middle East peace, Kushner says: "You know everyone finds an issue, that 'You have to understand what they did then' and 'You have to understand that they did this.' But how does that help us get peace? Let's not focus on that. We don’t want a history lesson. We’ve read enough books." (Wired)
  • 8/23/17 A meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister and Kushner is canceled unexpectedly. (Reuters)
  • 9/12/17 Is reported that in the summer of 2017 a group of White House lawyers urged Kushner to step down from his White House role amid a broadening probe that connected him to Russians during the 2016 election. (WaPo)
  • 9/24/17 Kushner's lawyer confirms that Kushner has used a private email account to conduct and discuss official White House business dozens of times. (WaPo)
  • 9/27/17 Is registered as a woman on the New York voter rolls. (Wired)
  • Fall 2017 Is reported that Jared calls his stepfather "daddy." (ColumbiaJournalismReview)
  • 10/2/17 A third and previously unreported email account on Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump's private domain is discovered and investigated. (Politico)
  • 10/3/17 Is reported that Kushner and wife re-routed their personal email accounts to computers run by the Trump Organization in the middle of public scrutiny in late September over their use of private email accounts for White House business. (USAToday)
  • 10/12/17 A member of the House Judiciary Committee says that Kushner has enriched himself by not revealing his ownership of a real estate tech business that has raised millions of dollars while he served in the White House. Documents suggest the oversight in disclosure was intentional. (Newsweek)
  • 11/14/17 Kushner's real estate company is sued for allegedly denying tenants affordable housing in a pattern that exploits rent stabilization laws in New York City. (Independent)
  • 11/16/17 Is revealed that Kushner did not disclose some documents sought by Congress which referenced a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite." (LATimes)(NBCNews)
  • 12/1/17 Engages in negotiations with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on creating a Palestinian state without sharing any of the details with the State Department. (Bloomberg)
  • 12/15/17 Kushner's legal team searches for a crisis PR firm to help shore up his public image before the onset of a yet-unspecified debacle. (WaPo)
  • 12/17/17 Gets sued by Cornicello, Tendler & Baumel-Cornicello for non-payment of legal fees in the amount of $102,000 for work done in 2014 and 2015, having represented the Kushner Companies in dozens of eviction and housing cases. (NewYorkDailyNews)
  • 12/17/17 Sued along with wife Ivanka Trump for illegal omissions on their public financial disclosure forms, failing to identify assets owned by 30 investment funds that they had stakes in. (Politico)
  • 1/3/18 Quietly files another addendum to his personal financial disclosure, adding more previously undisclosed business interests. (TalkingPointsMemo)
  • 1/6/18 Is reported that the SEC is continuing to investigate Kushner's real estate company for its misuse of the EB-5 federal investment-for-visa program. (WSJ)
  • 1/7/18 Is reported that Kushner's family business received a $30 million investment from a major Israeli financial institution shortly before Kushner traveled to Israel in May 2017 as part of a state visit. (NYT)
  • 1/19/18 Is reported that Deutsche Bank identified "suspicious transactions" related to Kushner family accounts and reported them to German regulators, and said that it is willing to turn over documents to special counsel Robert Mueller. (MotherJones)(ManagerMagazin)
  • 1/26/18 A federal judge rules that Kushner's company cannot hide the names of the firm's investors to protect them from what they consider to be unfair media coverage of a tenant-filed lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges improper fees and threats of eviction to force payment. (BaltimoreSun)
  • 2/9/18 As Kushner's security clearance continues to be delayed, White House staff have begun to lose morale in grappling with the vetting process. (WaPo)
  • 2/20/18 Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Kushner expands beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes Kushner's efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition. (CNN)
  • 2/20/18 Is reported that Kushner is resisting giving up his interim security clearance access to highly classified information after Chief of Staff John Kelly began a crackdown of dubious security clearances at the White House. (NYT)
  • 2/27/18 Is stripped of his top-secret security clearance after months of delays in completing his background check. (NYT) American officials have intercepted communications from the governments of China, the U.A.B., Mexico and Israel discussing ways to use business opportunities to exert leverage over Kushner. (WaPo)
  • 2/27/18 Josh Raffel, spokesman and crisis communications expert for Kushner and wife Ivanka, resigns. (Axios)
  • 2/28/18 Is reported that Kushner's business received millions of dollars in loans from two companies after they took part in White House meetings, $184 million from Apollo Global Management and $325 million from Citigroup. (NYT)
  • 3/1/18 Is reported that in December 2016, Kushner was facing down a $1.2 billion debt and searching for wealthy investors in meetings with a Chinese insurance company and a Russian banker, as well as a Qatari source. The fundraising attempts are currently under scrutiny by the Mueller investigation for possible foreign influence on the White House. (WaPo)
    • 3/2/18 Is revealed that Kushner saught money directly from the Qatar government and was rejected, and weeks later the U.S. government enacted a blockade of Qatar. (Intercept)
  • 3/10/18 Is reported that a major development by the Kushner family in the Jersey Shore city of Jersey Branch includes the Trump Organization as the company to manage it. (NYT)
  • 3/18/18 Is reported that the Kushner Companies, with Kushner as CEO, has routinely filed false paperwork at least 80 times claiming that its properties had no rent-controlled tenants in order to re-sell those properties in short order for vastly increased prices. (AP)
  • 3/26/18 The Office of Government Ethics launches a probe to investigate two loans totaling over $500 million to Kushner's family business may have violated any criminal laws or federal ethics regulations. Apollo Global Management loaned $184 million and Citigroup loaned $325 million after meeting with Jared Kushner in the White House in February 2018. (WSJ)

  • 5/22/18 Is reported that one of Kushner's companies, Cadre, is in discussion with Saudi Arabia and UAE about an investment of at least $100 million, even as Kushner serves as a chief adviser in the White House and as the top Middle East adviser to the office of the president. (Bloomberg)
  • 5/23/18 Receives permanent security clearance after a year of background investigation by the FBI. (NYT)
  • 6/11/18 Ethics filings reveal that Jared and his wife Ivanka Trump bought and sold as much as $147 million in real estate and other assets while working in the White House in 2017, and that there is scant documentation on who they ultimately transacted with or the real market value of the assets were. The couple's real estate holdings and investments increased from $761 million to $811 million in the year, and that they made $211 million in 2017 alone. (NYT)
  • 6/24/18 In his first public show of diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, announces that the Trump administration will be presenting its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan with or without input from Palestinian leadership. (CBS)
  • 7/11/18 Is reported that Kushner's family company is close to securing a $700 million investment into its 666 Fifth Avenue office building from Brookfield Asset Management. Meanwhile Brookfield is awaiting the Trump administration's approval of its acquisition of the nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric. (NYT)
  • 7/16/18 Twenty rent-controlled tenants at a Kushner property sue the company for allegedly creating unlivable conditions in order to drive them out and resell the units for tens of millions of dollars. (NYT)
  • 8/27/18 The Kushner family company is fined $210,000 for submitting false documents dozens of times in order to illegally expel rent-controlled tenants. (ABC)
  • 9/23/18 A NYC councilman plans to introduce a bill that would close the so-called "Kushner loophole" which allows landlords to file false documents with impunity. (ABC)
  • 10/13/18 Is reported that between 2009 and 2016, Kushner has likely not paid any income tax despite his net worth having quintupled to $324 million. (NYT)
  • 11/26/18 Is reported that Kushner lied about a potential arms deal with Saudi Arabia to his father-in-law, stating that the deal would be worth $110 billion, while it was only $15 billion in the works. (ABCNews)
  • 12/8/18 Is reported that Kushner reached out to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the immediate wake of the scandal in which MBS was implicated in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, offering him advice on how to "weather the storm." No National Security Council staff was included in the call, which violates protocol. (CNN)
  • 1/25/19 Is reported that a Trump administration official named Carl Kline granted Kushner top-level security clearance after Kushner was denied twice for fears of undue influence by foreign business and government entities. Kline also granted top clearance to 30 other individuals and is under a House Oversight Committee investigation. (HuffPo)
  • 3/21/19 A lawyer for Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump accidentally admits that the couple use private WhatsApp accounts to conduct official business. (NYT)
  • 4/3/19 Is revealed as pne of the top White House officials who was initially denied a security clearance on concerns about foreign influence, private business interests and personal conduct. (Bloomberg)
  • 4/4/19 Financial disclosure revisions reveal that Jared and his wife Ivanka have a "pattern of trouble with their filings," with Kushner having submitted five amendments to his financial disclosure filing in 2018, four in one month. (Newsweek)
  • 4/23/19 Says in an interview: "You look at what Russia did, you know, buying some Facebook ads to try and sow dissent and do it, it's a terrible thing. But I think the investigations and all of the speculation that's happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple Facebook ads." (CNN)
  • 5/19/19 Is reported that anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Kushner and his father-in-law, Donald Trump, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog. (NYTimes)
  • 6/22/19 Kushner's economic plan for Mideast peace, which involves $50 billion in buyouts, faces broad rejection from all sides of the ongoing conflict even before its official announcement. (Reuters)