Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
FBI warned Jared Kushner about Murdoch’s exwife
WASHINGTON: US counterintelligence officials warned President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in early 2017 that Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Deng Murdoch might be using their friendship to benefit Chinese government interests, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Citing unidentified sources, the Journal said US officials were also concerned that the ex-wife of media magnate Rupert Murdoch -- who owns the newspaper -- was lobbying to push a major Chinese-funded construction project in Washington.
The bid concerns a $100 million Chinese garden at the National Arboretum, located just steps from Congress and near the White House. The Journal said intelligence officials consider it a national security risk because it features a 21-metre tower that could be used for surveillance.
Kushner received the warnings as part of regular briefings he receives due to his role as a senior advisor to Trump.