White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s family real estate company is reportedly in private talks to have the Trump Organization manage part of its Jersey Shore development project, a move likely to renew conflict-of-interest concerns. The deal would concern the Kushner Companies’ Pier Village project in Long Branch, New Jersey, where local officials have already agreed to support the oceanfront development with $20 million in bonds, The New York Times reports. With construction already underway, the Kushners have signed a letter of intent to have the Trump Organization manage at least one hotel on the property, though the deal has yet to be finalized. Both President Trump and Jared Kushner retain financial interests in their family’s respective businesses, a fact that experts say poses ethics concerns if the two families embark on new joint business ventures. “The concern is that the president might not want to do anything that would upset the Kushner family agreement to do business with his company,” Marilyn L. Glynn, a former general counsel in the Office of Government Ethics, told the Times. The White House has declined to comment on the matter.
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