The author of a best-selling book on Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner has some urgent advice for members of Congress investigating the Trump administration: follow the money trail in the finances of the president’s eldest daughter and her husband.
Vicky Ward — the author of Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump — has called “Javanka,” as the White House power couple are often referred to, an “extraordinary and extraordinarily under-recognized” “threat… to the systems and protocols that have kept this great country safe and free.“
“Most people go into government for public service. They [Jared and Ivanka] have gone in for self-service,” Ward told George Stephanopoulos on ABC‘s This Week recently.
Analyzing and investigating the subjects of her book for over two years, Ward has concluded that Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner “have a totally antithetical mindset” to the concept of government service.
“They believe rules are for other people,” the long-time magazine and newspaper journalist insists.
Ward points to former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s attempts to convince President Trump to remove them from their unofficial and unelected roles in the administration as a way of containing the damage that he felt that they were causing to the president’s term in office as being stymied by Trump’s reluctance to “pull the trigger” on their firing due to his daughter issues.
While the conflicts of interest that both the Kushners continue to possess by virtue of operating their own businesses while working in the inner sanctum of the executive branch of government remain, neither spouse has fully testified before Congress in its many probes of the Trump administration’s alleged misdeeds. Ivanka hasn’t been interviewed by congressional investigators at all and Jared Kushner was said by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) to have invoked “bogus privileges” to avoid answering some questions about his testimony before legislators in the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia inquiry.
Ward believes that this situation needs to — and will — change quickly.
“I think it’s very clear from a lot of questions that, particularly the Judiciary Committee sent out to 81 people, there were an extraordinary number of questions about Ivanka, and actually about Kushner companies and Jared’s businesses on that,” Ward explained. “It’s actually my hope that Congress, in a way, starts really focusing and digging down on the money trail. Including that of Ivanka and the businesses and that of Jared Kushner companies, businesses.”
“That is a slightly different path from all the focus on Russia,” Ward continued. “I think Robert Mueller found quite a lot of things that were extraneous to the matter of whether or not there was coordination of obstruction of justice, and he has farmed some of the witness testimony that he was presented out to places like the Southern District of New York. But Congress is aware, and I think they need to, really methodically now, go and look.”
“It’s like Watergate,” she said. “Follow the money.”
Hopefully, Congress will listen to Vicky Ward’s plea and get to the bottom of the financial incentives behind the actions of two key players in the most corrupt presidency in modern history. The entire Trump family needs to be investigated and brought to justice if they have indeed violated the law, a process that can only begin with their testimony in front of Congress.
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Original reporting by Matthew Chapman at RawStory.