Netflix is releasing a new documentary about the college admissions scandal that took down dozens of wealthy families for manipulating the system to ensure their children had good scores on standardized tests so they could be accepted into top-tier schools.
The documentary focuses on the Justice Department investigation known as "Operation Varsity Blues," but, it also paints a "shady" portrait of former White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, wrote the Aussie site MamaMia.
"If there's one big takeaway from the scandal, beyond how shamelessly corrupt the university system is, it's the nonchalant discussions of bribery and cheating," a Daily Beast review of the documentary said. "A hedge funder casually sips iced tea while looking out over the grounds of his mansion and wondering if he'll receive any blowback. Another hashes out plans with [college prep coach William 'Rick'] Singer from Dubai and then invites him to his birthday party at the Palace of Versailles in Paris."
The documentary likely used Kushner's story as a comparison to Operation Varsity Blues. In his case, Kushner was enrolled at Harvard University in 1999, despite his high school administration telling reporter Daniel Golden he was a "less than stellar" student. Before being admitted to the school, Kushner's father, Charles, pledged $2.5 million to Harvard as a donation in 1998. Back then, Harvard generally only accepted one out of every nine applicants. Today that number is closer to one out of every 20.
In his 2006 book, "The Price of Admission," Golden revealed that Kushner's admission came as a shock to anyone who knew Kushner as a high school student.
"There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard," a former official at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, told Golden, a ProPublica report relayed. "His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not."
"Although Kushner's admission into Harvard appears shady, it's actually legal," the MamaMia report explained.
"Operation Varsity Blues" is out for streaming on Netflix now.