House Oversight Investigating $2B Saudi Investment in Jared Kushner's Firm

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    The Facts

    • Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's private equity firm, Affinity Partners, is under investigation by the House Oversight Committee for receiving a $2B investment from the Saudi Public Investment Fund six months after the end of Trump's presidency.

    • The investigation will examine whether Kushner's personal financial interests influenced US foreign policy while he served in the White House.

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    You don't need to be an ethics expert to see what's going on here; this is either payback for Trump-era policy favors, an early buying of influence for a future Trump presidency, or both.

    Republican narrative

    This is an attempt to distract from the Hunter Biden scandal; there's no proof of wrongdoing with this Saudi-Kushner deal, unlike what's already known and what's about to come out about Hunter and Joe Biden's nefarious actions.

    Cynical narrative

    Whichever way you slice it, Kushner's deal is suspicious. This isn't a pro-Trump or anti-Trump question, this is a matter of corruption and brazen misuse of power right at the heart of American politics. The investigation needs to remain unbiased to any one party.

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