MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow wrangled all of Wednesday’s late breaking news on President Donald Trump into a riveting expose on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“We are used to this pattern, where if it’s a day that ends in ‘y’ it’s a day when massive news breaks, literally as we’re going to air,” Maddow happened, recounting the day’s headlines. “Then this just happened, this is big news that has just broken from the New York Times just in the last hour.”
Maddow recounted the Times’ reporting that the private equity firm Apollo Global Management gave Kushner’s family business a loan after billionaire founder Joshua Harris had been visiting the White House.
“So that loan, $184 million, after these meetings at the White House between the Apollo guy and Jared Kushner…they talk among other things about a potential job at the White House for the Apollo guy,” Maddow noted. “But — oh wait — there’s more, because an even larger loan came from Citigroup.”
“Now obviously, there’s important context here, in terms of what’s going on with Jared Kushner and concerns about him in the White House,” Maddow reminded. “This is not the first concerning report we’ve had — just in the last few days — about the presidential son-in-law and senior adviser potentially mixing his government responsibilities and private business needs in potentially dubious ways.”
“This is not even the first such concerning report in the last 24 hours,” Maddow concluded. “Now tonight, we learn that Kushner’s companies, companies in which… he partially owns them or holds a stake in them, they have received hundreds of millions of dollars in loans from entities whose executives have been meeting with Jared Kushner regularly in the White House in his capacity as a senior White House official.”
“This is hundreds of millions of dollars being shoved at him and his personal business interests while taking meetings with executives from those lenders in the White House, in his capacity as a White House official,” Maddow said.
The host then introduced Jesse Drucker, one of The New York Times reporters who broke the story.
“I’ve summarized what I see as the bottom line here, that Mr. Kushner’s business interests not only aren’t over, but business interests in which he is actively invested — where he is getting a personal benefit — have received notable, and in some cases remarkably large, cash infusions from people who have had business dealings with him as a White House official,” Maddow concluded.
“Yeah,” Drucker replied. “So to step back for a second, when Jared Kushner joined the White House a little over a year ago, he quit his job as chief executive officer of Kushner Companies, but for the most part, he held onto his ownership stake in Kushner Companies.”