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Kushner Cos. receives federally backed $800 million loan for real estate purchase: report

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Kushner Cos., Bloomberg News is reporting, has received $800 million in federally backed debt to purchase apartments in Virginia and Maryland. Kushner Cos. is a high-end real estate company owned by the family of White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, who is married to President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump.

The loan, according to Bloomberg News, was issued by Berkadia, which is co-owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group — and the deal is backed by the government-owned Freddie Mac. Bloomberg News received its information from someone who was familiar with the transaction but agreed to be interviewed only on condition of anonymity.

Spokespersons for Kushner Cos., Freddie Mac and Berkadia did not respond to Bloomberg’s interview requests.

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Jared Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell, has insisted that the president’s son-in-law is not involved in the management of Kushner Cos. In an e-mail in February, Mirijanian told Bloomberg News, “As part of an ethics agreement he has and has followed, Mr. Kushner has had no role in the Kushner Cos. or its activities since joining the government over two years ago. He is walled off from any business or investment decisions and has no idea or knowledge of these activities.”

Kushner Cos. was founded in 1985 by Jared Kushner’s father Charles Kushner, who gave the operation of the company to his son after being convicted of tax evasion and witness tampering in 2005. Charles Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison but only served 14 months.

In February, Bloomberg News reported that Kushner Cos., in a $1.5 billion deal, was purchasing 6030 apartments from the private equity firm Lone Star Funds.

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‘Degree to which Trump loses his mind on Twitter’ is the best way to assess Mueller impact: GOP strategist

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The best way to assess the impact of former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony is to judge the response from President Donald Trump on Twitter, a Republican strategist explained on MSNBC on Tuesday.

GOP strategist Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies, was interviewed on MSNBC by Brian Williams.

"I think we should have a real filter that the Republican guys are going to try to set their asses on fire and run around on the stage to distract people from the weight and gravity of this testimony, but that — so that show tomorrow is going to be one that is going to hold America pretty transfixed," Wilson predicted.

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Deutsche Bank is the ‘last resort for unsavory characters’ like pedophiles and Trump: Congresswoman

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Democratic Party rising-star Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) blasted Deutsche Bank during a Tuesday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The law professor, who won an Orange County, California seat in the 2018 midterms that Democrats had never held, has been highly praised for her congressional questioning expertise, especially will grilling banks from her role on the House Financial Services Committee.

"The New York Times is reporting tonight that convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing new sex trafficking charges in New York, has had dozens of accounts at Deutsche Bank which flagged suspicious transactions to the Treasury Department involving Jeffrey Epstein earlier this year," anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported.

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Aaron Zebley testifying will ‘establish the precedence’ Congress can interview all Mueller investigators: Democrat

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The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will swear in deputy special counsel Aaron Zebley along with special counsel Robert Mueller, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell followed up on Maddow's reporting while interviewing Rep. Peter Welch, who sits on the Intelligence Committee.

"In your committee tomorrow, Aaron Zebley’s going to be a sworn witness at this stage. Do you expect committee members to solicit testimony from him as well as Robert Mueller? As much as Robert Mueller?" O'Donnell asked.

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