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White House counsel's office probing loans to Kushner business

Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser. Photo: Andrew Harrer - Pool / Getty Images

The White House counsel's office is looking into whether two loans totaling more than $500 million to Jared Kushner’s family business might have violated any criminal laws or federal ethics regulations, acting director of the Office of Government Ethics David Apol said in a letter dated March 22.

The backdrop: A New York Times report last month said Kushner Companies, the private family-owned real-estate company, received $184 million from Apollo Global Management and $325 million from Citigroup, following a White House meeting with Kushner and the companies' executives last year. Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, serves as a senior advisor to the president. The letter was addressed Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat who sits on the House Oversight Committee. He had asked for an inquiry about the loans.

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