The Trump Administration is not even four months old, but is already guilty of the same political corruption committed by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama — pay-for-play influence peddling.
Pay-for-play refers to a quid pro quo, wherein a politician promises another party (an individual, organization, or government) a political favor or access in return for money or vote or other support.
Nicole Meyer is the sister of Jared Kushner — the husband of Ivanka, the apple of President Trump’s eye, whom Trump elevated to the lofty position of White House Senior Adviser, despite a lack of qualifications.
The New York Times reports that on May 6, 2017, at an event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Beijing, China, which was hosted by Qiaowai, a Chinese immigration agency that helps Chinese families move abroad, Nicole Meyer made a pitch to more than 100 Chinese investors gathered in the ballroom to attract $150 million in financing for a Jersey City housing development, known as One Journal Square.
The money would be provided through a federal government program known as EB-5 that awards foreign investors a path to citizenship in exchange for at least $500,000 in investments in U.S. development projects.
Meyer said to the Chinese investors that the Jersey City housing project “means a lot to me and my entire family,” and highlighted the fact that in January, her brother Jared Kushner had left his position as chief executive of the family business, Kushner Companies, to serve in the Trump administration.
Kushner Companies is headquartered at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, I kid you not.
As Meyer spoke, journalists for The New York Times and The Washington Post were removed from the ballroom and told by organizers it was a “private event,” even though it had been publicly advertised.
The One Journal Square housing project is advertised to Chinese investors as the latest offering from the “star Kushner real estate family.” The project, which includes two towers, 1,476 luxury apartments and even a medical center for pets, is promoted as “Kushner 1.” Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018.
Below is the Chinese advertisement for One Journal Square, which says the Kushner housing project is “government supported”. I added the English translation in yellow.
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Jared Kushner, as Trump’s senior adviser, has become a central voice on China as a conduit between Beijing and Washington.
As a businessman, he had courted Chinese firms, most notably Anbang Insurance Group, the financial firm linked to members of China’s ruling Communist Party. A potential deal for Anbang to invest in Kushner Companies’ headquarters at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan has raised eyebrows because of its favorable terms for the Kushners, who are seeking help with the troubled property.
Although Jared Kushner has divested his stakes in dozens of his family business’ investments, he has held on to the vast majority and remains the beneficiary of a series of trusts that own his stakes in Kushner Companies properties and other investments, worth as much as $600 million, and probably more.
Kushner’s government ethics disclosure form shows he was a manager or president at six entities associated with the Jersey City housing project until this January when he divested his stake in one of them, K One Journal Square LLC. It is unclear what happened to his relationship with the remaining five entities.
H/t FOTM‘s josephbc69