Among the topics that congressional committees plan to ask presidential advisor/son-in-law Jared Kushner is whether his meetings with Russian officials in December were to sell a loss-making skyscraper his business owns to a Russian firm, NBC News reported Monday.
Kushner originally neglected to disclose those meetings on his security clearance application form, drawing investigators’ interest when they were reported earlier this year. A Kushner spokesman said that his failure to include the meetings with the Russian ambassador and the head of a Russian state-owned bank was an oversight.
Kushner set a Manhattan real estate record when he bought the 41-story skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for $1.8 billion in 2007. But the real estate bubble burst the following year, causing the Kushner Companies to lose a substantial amount of money on the property since then.
Anbang Insurace Group, a Chinese firm that NBC News called “murky ties to the country’s government,” was in talks to buy the building for $4 billion last year, but publicly backed out in March.