Now Democrats call for investigation of Jared Kushner for possible Hatch Act violation for organizing Trump fundraising meeting in White House residence following special counsel’s call for Kellyanne to go
- Kushner organized a meeting in the White House residence with Trump campaign chief Brad Parscale and major donors
- Two Democrats, Reps. Don Beyer and Ted Lieu (Calif.), want the Office of Special Counsel to investigate
- The agency last week admonished counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway
- It said she had undertaken political activities from the White House and called on Trump to remove her
- Follows report he has multiple daily calls with Parscale
Democratic lawmakers are calling for the independent Office of Special Counsel to probe whether Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has broken the Hatch Act through reported fundraising activity conducted from inside the White House.
The lawmakers, Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia and Ted Lieu of California, want the Office of Special Counsel to investigate, point to press reports about Kushner’s recent activity with fundraisers and the head of the Trump campaign.
They directed their letter to the independent agency – different from the special counsel who conducted the Russia probe – which last week admonished counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and called for Trump to remove her due to her own political statements from the White House.
Two House Democrats are calling on the Office of Special Counsel to investigate Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner for potential Hatch Act violations
The letter points to a New York Times account of a meeting Kushner organized inside the White House residence to tackle fundraising concerns about the Trump campaign. Kushner held a prominent role advising his father-in-law’s 2016 campaign.
The meeting brought together campaign manager Brad Parscale, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, major donors, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who served as finance chair for Trump in 2016, the New York Times reported.
According to the paper, it included ‘a group of big donors like Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of the Blackstone Group, to discuss the fund-raising strategy for 2020.’ It said the president initially conceived the meeting as a ‘thank you’ to staff.
Kushner served a key role in Trump’s 2016 campaign
One recent article pointed to daily contact between Kushner and Brad Parscale, manager of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also attended the White House meeting with Kushner
The lawmakers in their June 17 letter also cite a Yahoo News report that Kushner has ‘multiple daily conversations’ with Parscale about the state of the campaign from the West Wing of the White House, where he has an office. The article described Kushner as the ‘key liaison’ in the West Wing.
The letter is to Henry Kerner, who heads the OSC, and who issued the stunning letter calling for Conway’s removal following a series of what his Hatch Act team determined were violations, including by ‘disparaging’ Democratic presidential candidates like Joe Biden during cable TV interviews.
‘Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law,’ wrote Kerner.
The law limits political activity from the White House by government officials from government officials during their jobs. Although Kushner doesn’t draw a salary, he is an official government employee who is required to submit financial disclosures as he did last week, get a security clearance, and submit to other standard measures.
Trump said Friday Conway would be staying, and that her free speech rights were being violated.
The lawmakers wrote: ‘The stated purpose of the Hatch Act is to prevent federal civil servants from using their official authority to help elect candidates to office, and we have strong reason to believe that Jared Kushner is in violation of both the spirit and the letter of that Act.’