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Trump’s Twisted Ties

July 9-15, 2017
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Trump's Twisted Ties

Earlier this week, we reported that Jared Kushner and his father, Charles Kushner, had been in talks for more than a year with a top financier in Qatar, looking for a bailout of their property on 666 Fifth Avenue, and that the deal had gone sour. After our story published, Kushner Companies confirmed publicly that the talks had happened but had "recently terminated." How recently? Before or after Kushner pushed for a hard line against Qatar in the midst of a blockade by its U.S.-allied neighbors?

And Mattathias Schwartz decided to check whether or not Donald Trump had followed through with his promise to remove himself from positions of authority at the companies he owns. State financial filings show that he didn't. 

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Trump Dropped the Ball on Paperwork to Officially Resign From Several Businesses
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Donald Trump said he would resign from all his companies. But he takes a minimalist approach to ethics and has been dragging his feet.
 

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