Book chronicles Jared and Ivanka’s time in the White House


By Michael Kranish | Washington Post

Four months after President Donald Trump named son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka as White House advisers, he was chided by a former Justice Department official named Mark Corallo. “You could start draining the swamp by removing your in-laws,” tweeted Corallo, a conservative Republican.

Yet shortly after the caustic tweet, Corallo was surprised to find himself being asked to become the White House’s communications director. He turned that offer down, saying he needed time with his family. Then he was asked to be a communications consultant for the legal team. He agreed on the condition that he would never have to say anything negative about special counsel Robert Mueller, who he said “walks on water.”

As Corallo settled into his position, however, his concerns about the actions of Ivanka Trump and Kushner increased, according to Vicky Ward’s book “Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.” The Kushners were “reckless,” Corallo is quoted as saying. He cited his concern that they were present when Trump was discussing the Mueller probe with his lawyers. That, according to Corallo, would make them witnesses to a conversation, potentially undercutting the otherwise-privileged discussions between the president and his attorneys.

Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, by Vicky Ward. St. Martin’s

Amid all this, Corallo is quoted as saying that Kushner pressed him on why he wouldn’t accept the job as White House communications director.

“Don’t you want to serve your country?” Kushner asked Corallo, according to Ward’s book.

“Young man, my three years at the butt end of an M16 checked that box,” Corallo, an Army veteran, is quoted as responding. (Kushner’s version of events is not given in the book.)

The Corallo anecdotes are among the most striking in Ward’s book because, unlike many others cited, he spoke on the record to her, according to the endnotes.

There are no blockbuster revelations here regarding Kushner’s meeting with a Russian banker or his involvement in a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower, two issues that have drawn the interest of investigators. Ward is, however, particularly critical of Trump’s decision to hand over Middle East policy to Kushner, which led to clashes with then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others.

Ward delves into questions about whether Kushner misused his role as a way to find financing to rescue a Fifth Avenue property in Manhattan and suggests that Kushner dim-wittedly nearly dragged the United States into a war in the Middle East. It is a dark and mostly one-sided portrait, one with which the Kushner and Trump families no doubt will disagree.

For much of the book, as is often the case with volumes seeking to tell an inside story of the White House, the sources are anonymous and highly critical. If Ward secured on-the-record interviews with her two main subjects, she does not say so; their voices are mostly filtered through the mouths of others, most of whom may have a vested interest in …read more

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