In an extensive interview with the real estate outlet, The Real Deal, Charles Kushner, the billionaire father of Jared Kushner, lashed at ethics watchdogs. Kushner, who served time in prison for campaign finance violations, tax evasion and witness tampering, said that federal ethics watchdogs are “jerks” that “can’t get a real job.” “All they want to do is assure that poor, not successful people go into government,” he said. “That’s all they want to do. Because if you’re successful, you shouldn’t be penalized by stupid ethics watchdogs raising things that are potential. You know when there’s a conflict. It’s not a conflict when you meet with Jamie Dimon, and they’re giving a loan to a company that’s been in business for 40 years, 50 years, whatever it may be.” He also addressed the recent scrutiny his son has received for, among other things, taking a meeting with Qatar’s minister of finance months after Trump's inauguration. “None of us knew the rules of government or what we should do, what we shouldn’t do,” Kushner said.
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