After relentless Republican complaints about Hunter Biden’s international business work while his father was vice president, critics find it particularly rich that the Saudis invested $2 billion in a Jared Kushner fund shortly after leaving his role. senior adviser in a remarkably dovish Trump administration. to the Saudis.
The money dwarfs any income Hunter Biden would have earned while serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when his father was Barack Obama’s vice president. And Hunter Biden couldn’t curry favor with any foreign entity with a powerful position in the White House like the one Kushner held, when Donald Trump’s son-in-law was supposed to represent the American public, not his own interests.
“It’s just a free-for-all game,” Walter Shaub, director of the US Office of Government Ethics in the Obama and Trump administrations, told Bloomberg. “The real concern here is that the public has no way of knowing exactly what favors someone like Kushner may have done for the Saudis.”
Kushner, a neophyte investment fund manager who was a real estate developer in the family business before Trump elevated him and his wife Ivanka Trump to senior positions in the White House, reaped the massive reward even whether a Saudi sovereign wealth fund oversight committee had serious reservations about Kushner’s new private equity firm, The New York Times reported.
The panel expressed concern about the “inexperienced management” of the brand new fund and found several aspects of the business “unsatisfactory”, according to documents obtained by The Times.
But the panel’s reservations were dismissed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a friend of Kushner and a recipient of significant benefits from the Trump administration.
He was the same man Trump – apparently at Kushner’s instigation – staunchly defended after US intelligence said he was responsible for the horrific 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump also approved a highly controversial multi-billion dollar arms deal with the country as the Saudis dropped bombs on Yemeni civilians.
Attorney Daniel Goldman tweeted on Monday, “I don’t want to hear another word about Hunter Biden. But I would like to hear about congressional investigations related to this investment” by the Saudis, he added.
Goldman was lead counsel in the House impeachment inquiry against Trump after the then-president suspended military aid to Ukraine while urging President Volodymyr Zelensky to “do us a favour” and d to investigate Hunter Biden’s work in his country.
Economist Robert Reich, who was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, said: “After leaving the White House, Jared Kushner is enjoying being his father-in-law’s ‘foreign policy adviser’ with a $2 billion investment from a fund headed by the Saudi Crown Prince Who wants to talk more about Hunter Biden’s laptop?