In the 2020 election, Trump’s attack lines were different. In the last few weeks of the campaign, and in fact, in the last few weeks of the presidency and beyond, Trump and his allies have not directly claimed Joe Biden’s misconduct. Republicans focus on commerce, including Biden’s son Hunter, taking up a thread that began in 2019 when Trump tried to pressure Ukraine to publish a potential investigation of his Democratic challenger. , Conservative writer Peter Schweizer and others have enhanced their reports. Trump repeatedly suggested that Hunter Biden used his father’s position to enrich himself by dealing with foreigners.
Enter the New York Times.A few months after leaving the White House, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly landing A $ 2 billion investment from the Saudi Arabian Foundation managed by Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman.
Two things are important to establish in advance.
First, both email and foreign investment issues include suspicious decisions by stakeholders. Doing government business through non-governmental email systems increases the likelihood that proper records will not be maintained and brings new points of unauthorized access. Making money with political access is certainly a well-established practice in Washington, but it often exists near the vague legal and moral realms.
Second, the clarification of each of the above issues eliminates many details and contexts. The basic comparison of using private email to trade with international investors is unleashed in different ways in each case and is equivalent only on a wide stroke.
However, Hunter Biden’s accusations by Trump and others were often widespread (and inaccurate), so the new Times report provides a fair point of comparison.
Consider what Trump said during his speech on the ellipse on January 6, 2021 after the election was decided.
“Why does a hunter receive $ 3.5 million from his wife, the Mayor of Moscow, and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Energy Commission, even though he admits he has no knowledge of energy?” Trump said. Said. “And pay millions of dollars in advance. And why do they enter China and leave for billions of dollars in control.” Have you ever managed money? ” No, I don’t. “‘Oh, isn’t it? This is about 3 billion. “”
There are three claims here. First, Hunter Biden received $ 3.5 million from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow.this Not true.. Second, he joined the board of directors of the Ukrainian energy company Brisma and made money despite his lack of experience in energy issues. This is true, and when Joe Biden served as Vice President, at least one government official expressed reservations on the agreement. Third, his company was given billions of dollars to manage by Chinese investors. Not known to be true..Hunter Biden Significant transactions Interested in Chinese energy, Involved in transactions To secure a cobalt mine.
Obviously, Trump’s claim wasn’t about the details of the claim. In general, the Bidens were engaged in sketchy activities, sometimes claiming that Joe Biden himself was a party to these commerce. (Proving this has been a source of certain enthusiasm for the past 18 months, and various claims about the current president’s meeting with his son’s business partner have generally been legitimately scrutinized. .) Hunter Biden offered his father access to something wider in exchange for personal wealth.
Bring us to the Times Report.
“Six months after leaving the White House, Jared Kushner secured a $ 2 billion investment from a fund led by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, despite opposition from fund advisors about the benefits of the deal. It was a close ally of the Trump administration. “David D. Kirkpatrick and Kate Kelly Report.. “The panel reviewing investments in Saudi Arabia’s major sovereign wealth funds cited concerns about Mr. Kushner’s proposed deal with Affinity Partner, a newly established private equity firm … but a few days later, in Saudi Arabia. The panel has been rejected by the entire board of the $ 620 billion sovereign wealth fund, led by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the de facto ruler and beneficiary of support when Mr. Kushner was an advisor to the White House. bottom.
have understood? The billions of dollars given to Donald Trump’s son-in-law are one of the objections raised by its review board, despite concerns about the fund’s “inexperience.” That’s essentially what Trump claimed about Hunter Biden on January 6, but there are two important differences. First, there is ample evidence that billions of investments have actually been made. Second, Kushner was one step away from Trump (because Hunter Biden was away from his father) and was an administrator in itself.
It is true that Hunter Biden’s range of international financial activity seems to have been wider than that of Kushner, but this is not the only entanglement between Kushner and foreign investors.During President Trump’s term, and while Kushner worked at the Qatar-linked company Westwing. Bailout Kushner’s investment in Manhattan.
Go back to where you started. In either case, modifiers and proviso can be applied to streamline specific transactions and investments. However, in each case, the question remains what dividends these international partners expected for non-financial investments.
We should not expect Trump to admit how his past rhetoric applies to his son-in-law.When it was revealed that his daughter Ivanka (Jared’s wife) used a private email account while working in his administration, Trump refused to engage in obvious hypocrisy instead. rice field Reportedly I chose to try to distract the press from the story.
According to former national security adviser John Bolton, Trump has issued a statement praising Mohammed bin Salman.[ing] Beyond Ivanka, as Bolton wrote. “
And now Mohammed is reportedly dealing with Ivanka Trump’s husband.