Kushner’s planned move was first reported by the New York Times in a story exploring his pursuit of a joint venture with a Chinese financial group to redevelop a Manhattan property.
Kushner, 35, is married to Ivanka Trump and has run his family’s multibillion-dollar real estate empire over the past decade, after his father pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges. As Trump campaigned for president, Kushner played a key role, acting as a confidant and gatekeeper. Kushner, whose family has donated to pro-Israel causes, also played a role as a Middle East policy adviser. Kushner does not yet have a formal position in the Trump administration but could ultimately take on an advisory role.
The Kushner Companies’ real estate holdings represent just one in a tangle of ethical challenges confronting the president-elect, who has more than 100 companies with business in at least 18 countries. Kushner’s company has focused primarily on development in New York and New Jersey, but it has often relied on foreign investment, and its earnings could be influenced by Trump administration trade and foreign relations policies.
If Kushner takes on a White House role, it would also raise questions about whether the move violates a federal anti-nepotism law. Although there is some debate about whether the law applies to those hired in the West Wing, many experts say a Kushner appointment would draw legal challenges. Gorelick declined to address the issue.
Kushner and Ivanka Trump have prepared for the move to Washington by buying a six-bedroom home in the Kalorama neighborhood, just blocks from where the Obamas will be living after they leave the White House.