What We Need to Know About Jared Kush­ner

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At age 36, Jared Kush­ner is a mem­ber of a bil­lion­aire fam­ily and Se­nior Ad­vi­sor to his fa­ther-in-law, un­elected Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

He is in charge of Trump's new White House Of­fice of Amer­i­can In­no­va­tion (OAI) which is of­fi­cially re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing "rec­om­men­da­tions to the Pres­i­dent on poli­cies and plans that im­prove Gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions and ser­vices, im­prove the qual­ity of life for Amer­i­cans now and in the fu­ture, and spur job cre­ation."

In re­al­ity, the OAI has been likened to a SWAT team made up of cor­po­rate crim­i­nals who are dis­man­tling and tak­ing over the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

As the most in­flu­en­tial ad­vi­sor to the most pow­er­ful man on Earth, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand who Kush­ner is and what Amer­i­cans and the rest of the world can ex­pect from him.

In­her­ited Wealth

Jared's fa­ther is Charles Kush­ner, a wealthy and in­flu­en­tial Jewish New Jer­sey real es­tate in­vestor who was sent to prison in 2005 for two years for il­le­gal cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions to Democrats, tax eva­sion, and wit­ness tam­per­ing by Re­pub­li­can Chris Christie, who was New Jer­sey's At­tor­ney Gen­eral at the time and later be­came Gov­er­nor.

Like Don­ald Trump, the true source of the Kush­ner fam­ily wealth is not en­tirely trans­par­ent. And like Trump, much of their real es­tate em­pire is founded on bor­rowed money.

It isn't ac­tu­ally easy to be­come a real es­tate bil­lion­aire in to­day's econ­omy un­less one has shad­owy back­ers or is en­gaged in il­licit ac­tiv­ity.

Kush­n­ers and China

The Kush­n­ers made part of their for­tune by tak­ing money from wealthy Chi­nese who needed to in­vest to ob­tain a green card un­der the EB-5 im­mi­gra­tion pro­gram that al­lows for­eign­ers to es­sen­tially buy their way into the U.S.

The EB-5 pro­gram is used ex­ten­sively by China and to a lesser ex­tent by Rus­sia to fun­nel money and agents into the U.S. to buy strate­gic as­sets, put in­tel­li­gence agents and op­er­a­tives into po­si­tion and gain in­flu­ence over key peo­ple in gov­ern­ment and busi­ness.

Seto Bag­doyan, who mon­i­tors the pro­gram at the Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice, said of the EB-5 pro­gram in an in­ter­view with CBS News, "You just want to buy a green card … and you oth­er­wise may not be qual­i­fied. You have a crim­i­nal back­ground, you're linked to for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, you may be laun­der­ing dirty money."

The Chi­nese in­flu­ence is ap­par­ent in the Kush­n­ers. Dur­ing his cam­paign, Trump vowed to push back China and hold it ac­count­able for dam­age to the U.S. econ­omy, but since tak­ing of­fice he has be­come very pro-china and backed down on his cam­paign prom­ises.

Jared Kush­ner main­tains close ties with Chi­nese state coun­cilor Yang Jiechi and Am­bas­sador Cui Tiankai. Af­ter the elec­tion they held meet­ings with Trump's team in Kush­ner’s of­fice in Trump Tower.

While a fa­vor­able re­la­tion­ship with China is im­por­tant, it is also im­por­tant that Amer­ica pro­tect it­self from China.

Amer­i­cans should not for­get that China is fully en­gaged in a 100 year plan to dom­i­nate the world by 2049, the one-hun­dredth an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic.

China's play-book is Sun Tzu's The Art of War and its in­ten­tions can be seen by its ac­tions.

At present, un­der Jared Kush­ner's in­flu­ence, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is help­ing China to fur­ther its goal of global dom­i­na­tion.

Jared Kush­ner and Rus­sia

Trump and his for­mer and cur­rent staff are sus­pected of work­ing with Rus­sia to in­flu­ence the U.S. Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and be­ing un­der the con­tin­ued in­flu­ence of Rus­sia.

Ac­cord­ing to the FBI, back in De­cem­ber, Jared Kush­ner met with Sergey Gorkov, Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence as­set and head of Rus­sia's na­tional in­vest­ment bank, Vneshe­conom­bank (VEB). VEB has been in­stru­men­tal in help­ing Rus­sia cope with U.S. sanc­tions by find­ing al­ter­nate sources of for­eign cap­i­tal.

Gorkov is close to Putin and a grad­u­ate of the FSB Academy, the Rus­sian in­tel­li­gence school for train­ing spies and key mem­bers of Putin's en­force­ment op­er­a­tions.

The White House and VEB both claim that the meet­ing oc­curred at a pri­vate bank­ing "road show" but won't dis­close the lo­ca­tion of the meet­ing or the spe­cific date in De­cem­ber.

Given Trump's close busi­ness ties to Rus­sian Oli­garchs and Mafia, the num­ber of back-chan­nel con­tacts his staff and as­so­ciates have had with Rus­sians is cause for alarm.

It was im­proper for Kush­ner to meet with Gorkov out­side of of­fi­cial chan­nels. Whether he did so out of ig­no­rance or as part of a greater trea­sonous con­spir­acy re­mains to be dis­cov­ered.

Preda­tory Slum-lord?

Jared Kush­ner pro­motes him­self as a big-project in­ter­na­tional prop­erty de­vel­oper and now arms-dealer whose skills in deal-mak­ing may out­shine those touted by his fa­ther-in-law and his fa­ther. What most Amer­i­cans don't know about him is that many of his ten­ants feel that he is a preda­tory Slum-lord who takes ad­van­tage of the poor.

One ugly story about this in­volves a de­vel­op­ment in Es­sex, a Bal­ti­more sub­urb, known as the Town­house on High Seas Court, in the Cove Vil­lage De­vel­op­ment.

Kamiia War­ren, a woman who had lived there since 2004, had man­aged to make the pay­ments there for many years us­ing a Sec­tion 8 voucher, a U.S. gov­ern­ment low-in­come sub­sidy that helped her pay the rent. She had en­joyed liv­ing there for many years with no prob­lems, but over time her next-door neigh­bor had be­come a prob­lem for War­ren. The neigh­bor had be­gun both­er­ing vis­i­tors com­ing to see War­ren. The neigh­bor also yelled dur­ing the day and banged on walls dur­ing the night, ad­ja­cent to where War­ren’s third child slept.

War­ren had re­ported the is­sue to her de­vel­op­ment’s prop­erty man­ager, Sawyer Re­alty Hold­ings, ask­ing for help. Noth­ing seemed to change. Even­tu­ally, in late 2009, she gave for­mal no­tice that she was mov­ing out of the com­plex, pro­vid­ing a form that the prop­erty’s on-site man­ager signed off as say­ing that the ten­ant gave proper no­tice ac­cord­ing to her lease. Mak­ing sure all was prop­erly in place, she also filed ap­pro­pri­ate pa­per­work no­ti­fy­ing that she was trans­fer­ring that Sec­tion 8 voucher to her new lo­ca­tion.

Three years later War­ren was no­ti­fied she was be­ing sued for over three thou­sand dol­lars by the owner of Cove Vil­lage. The grounds were that she had left in ad­vance of her lease’s ex­pi­ra­tion, in spite of the writ­ten per­mis­sion she had re­ceived from the on-site prop­erty man­ager there. The no­tice also came from a dif­fer­ent com­pany than she was ex­pect­ing: JK2 West­min­ster, LLC.

Like many who are poor, War­ren first ig­nored the sum­mons to ap­pear, feel­ing she was in her rights to all in­volved and not be able to jug­gle both com­ing to court, rais­ing her three chil­dren as a sin­gle mother, and work­ing on a bach­e­lor’s de­gree. That de­ci­sion even­tu­ally cost her dearly. When War­ren fi­nally ap­peared, be­cause she could not pro­duce a copy of the form the man­ager had signed, the court sided against her and pro­vided a to­tal judg­ment of around $5,000, in­clud­ing court costs, at­tor­ney’s fees and in­ter­est on the debt. She was ru­ined.

The com­pany in­volved, JK2 West­min­ster, later was dis­cov­ered to be a sub­sidiary of Kush­ner Com­pa­nies, a very large New York real-es­tate firm. The per­son run­ning it was and is none other than Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kush­ner.

War­ren was even­tu­ally able to get the writ­ten copy of the housing form giv­ing her per­mis­sion to leave but the court wouldn't al­low her to re­open the case to re­verse the judg­ment and she was still on the hook for nearly $5k that she didn't owe and couldn't af­ford to pay.

The de­vel­op­ment in­volved in War­ren’s case was just

one of many like it that Kush­ner Com­pa­nies owns. Al­though Kush­ner Com­pa­nies is bet­ter known for a num­ber of glam­orous in­vest­ments in Man­hat­tan and Brook­lyn, and now on an in­ter­na­tional scale, in 2011 Kush­ner’s en­ter­prise be­gan ex­pand­ing into lower-qual­ity but still prof­itable in­vest­ments, to cap­i­tal­ize on de­pressed prices af­ter the re­cent re­ces­sion which be­gan back in 2008. Th­ese started with a ma­jor pur­chase in 2011 of 4,681 units of what are called “dis­tress-rid­den, Class B” apart­ment com­plexes. The com­pany bought an­other 1,700 mul­ti­fam­ily units un­der sim­i­lar dis­tressed cir­cum­stances later that year. Then in Au­gust 2012 his com­pany swal­lowed up 5,500 mul­ti­fam­ily units in and around Bal­ti­more, fol­lowed by a pur­chase of three more such rental com­plexes two years af­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to an WUNC Pub­lic Ra­dio in­ter­view with Alec Macgillis of Prore­pub­lica on the mat­ter, af­ter buy­ing th­ese lower-end rental prop­er­ties, Kush­ner Com­pa­nies be­gan look­ing for a way to make even more money on their ac­qui­si­tions. They had sys­tem­at­i­cally “gone back through the records look­ing for any for­mer ten­ants that they could pos­si­bly go af­ter for more money — any­one who had bro­ken a lease or owed back rent when they had left, even if it was two or three years ear­lier”. Kamiia War­ren was one of those who was caught up in that “claw-back”, ac­cord­ing to Macgillis.

In a pub­lic in­ter­view about th­ese ac­qui­si­tions, Kush­ner openly pat­ted him­self on the back for the wis­dom of mak­ing th­ese pur­chases. He spoke of this cat­e­gory of in­vest­ment as be­ing “the most re­silient in­vest­ment class”, and that al­though “it has a lot of con­struc­tion and a lot of evic­tions”, in the end the in­vest­ment’s out­come has been “phe­nom­e­nal”.

For Kamiia War­ren and hun­dreds of oth­ers like her, the out­come was far less prof­itable.

For Kush­ner Com­pa­nies and Jared Kush­ner, on the other hand, this is ap­par­ently just “an­other day at the of­fice” and part of the way the or­ga­ni­za­tion makes money on the backs of the poor and un­der­priv­i­leged. Mary­land’s District Court Sys­tem ap­par­ently shows over 500 cases there for other law­suits on be­half of JK2 West­min­ster.

Kush­ner preys upon his ten­ants in other ways as well. A ten­ants or­ga­ni­za­tion is­sued a state­ment say­ing that Kush­ner “has con­verted scores of af­ford­able rent-reg­u­lated apart­ments into lux­ury housing that rents for $3,000–$5,000 per month” and in the process has re­peat­edly “faced al­le­ga­tions of ha­rass­ment and lack of es­sen­tial ser­vices.” The way it works is that Kush­ner would make his rent-con­trolled prop­er­ties un­liv­able in or­der to force peo­ple to move out so that he could re- model the units and greatly in­crease the rent, which is of course il­le­gal and preda­tory and shows that he cares only about get­ting richer and not for peo­ple or obey­ing the law.

666 Fifth Av­enue & Kush­ner's Re­li­gious Be­liefs

For some rea­son, the Kush­n­ers felt that they had to own the build­ing at 666 Fifth Av­enue in New York City for their busi­ness head­quar­ters and they were will­ing to pay $1.8 bil­lion to make it theirs. It was re­port­edly the most ever paid for an of­fice build­ing in the United States. The build­ing had pre­vi­ously sold for $518 mil­lion in 2000.

Be­cause they over­paid so much, the pur­chase put a se­vere fi­nan­cial strain on the Kush­n­ers un­til they were able to sell por­tions of the build­ing to re­duce their loan pay­ments.

Pre­vi­ous oc­cu­pants of the build­ing in­clude Lu­cent. The com­pany name was de­rived form Lu­cifer and Lu­cent sold a soft­ware pro­gram they called In­ferno.

While the build­ing's ad­dress may be ir­rel­e­vant, it could also be sig­nif­i­cant.

Jared Kush­ner's Jewish re­li­gion is an im­por­tant part of his life and his cul­ture and so it is im­por­tant to the un­der­stand­ing of his mo­ti­va­tions.

A very im­por­tant part of Ju­daism is nu­merol­ogy.

Jared Kush­ner is an ac­tive sup­porter of the ChabadLubav­itch cha­sidic move­ment (Chabad), a Ashke­nazi or­tho­doxy founded in Rus­sia in 1775.

To Chris­tians, the num­ber 666 is the sign of the devil. To Jews, the num­ber 666 is some­thing else.

Ac­cord­ing to the web site Ask­ther­abbi.org, "the num­ber 666 con­tains hid­den within it ex­alted and lofty mes­sianic po­ten­tial."

The site goes on with, "The num­ber 666 could thus rep­re­sent the strength and perfection of the phys­i­cal world, which Ju­daism teaches will oc­cur in the mes­sianic era, when the phys­i­cal world will reach its ul­ti­mate pur­pose, to be a ve­hi­cle through which the cre­ated ex­pe­ri­ence the Cre­ator."

The num­ber 5 res­onates with Mer­cury and is sup­port­ive of com­merce, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and travel — all im­por­tant to the growth of Chabad and the Kush­ner fam­ily.

One of the big things that dif­fer­en­ti­ates Chabad ad­her­ents from other Jews is their be­lief that they are liv­ing in the mes­sianic era and their last Lubav­itcher Rebbe, Rabbi Me­nachem M. Sch­neer­son, was the long

awaited messiah, even though he died in 1994. Some even be­lieve that he is still alive some­how at age 115.

Other Jews, such as Rabbi Men­del Kessin, be­lieve that the next world war, the war of Gog and Ma­gog, which will pit Jews against all non-jews and leave Jews in control of the Earth, started when the United States ab­stained from the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2334 on De­cem­ber 23, 2016 that con­demned the Is­raeli set­tle­ments in "Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries oc­cu­pied since 1967, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem".

Kessin stated, “the UN is Gog and Ma­gog. The UN is the en­tire world against Is­rael."

Rabbi Is­rael Meir Ka­gan made a prophecy 100 years ago that could be in­ter­preted as the War of Gog and Ma­gog would start in 2017.

Many Jews have have seized upon Don­ald Trump as the herald of the messiah and the start of the mes­sianic end times and great war, a view em­braced even by many mem­bers of Is­rael’s par­lia­ment, the Knes­set.

While not him­self Jewish, Trump is a loyal ser­vant of Is­rael and en­cour­aged his daugh­ter Ivanka to con­vert to Ju­daism.

Chabad is a force to con­tend with. It has an in­ter­na­tional net­work of over 3,000 cen­ters around the world, hun­dreds of thou­sands of ad­her­ents and mil­lions of other Jewish sup­port­ers.

Many sup­port­ers of Chabad are ex­tremely wealthy and pow­er­ful. They have tremen­dous in­flu­ence (or control) over Trump and Putin. Many have the de­sire and re­sources to bring about their vi­sion of the end times with a great war that would de­stroy their en­e­mies and put Jews in control of the planet.

Con­clu­sion

Some could say that Jared Kush­ner is just an­other greedy bil­lion­aire who doesn't care about peo­ple, and they might be right.

How­ever, when one con­sid­ers his pos­si­ble re­li­gious be­liefs and his role in the deal to sell Saudi Ara­bia hun­dreds of bil­lions in weapons with which to wage war, spread mil­i­tant Is­lam and ter­ror­ism and pos­si­bly start a world war, it is rea­son­able to won­der if there is much more go­ing on that puts Amer­ica and the rest of the world at grave risk.

Amer­i­cans should think care­fully about who they have put in power and what the ul­ti­mate con­se­quences might be.

Photo by Do­minique A. Pineiro, CC

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