A family feud that threatens to divide the White House
A family dispute that threatens the White Senate and the White house has taken on new urgency as a feud over a woman’s custody of her child has threatened to tear the Trump administration apart.
The White House’s top policy adviser, David Plouffe, and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, both are facing internal scrutiny for their interactions with Ivanka Trump, who has taken a hands-off approach to their business interests, as well as their finances.
Trump is the top beneficiary of Ploufeys personal fortune, which has grown to $4.9 billion after a massive stock and property deal.
But Kushner, who is the chief executive of a real estate company and whose family own the White Houses real estate holdings, has been accused of taking an even bigger share of his father-in and son-as-president’s income.
Kushner is now under investigation for tax fraud.
He has denied wrongdoing and said he is cooperating with federal investigators.
In a statement to the Wall Street Review, Plouffes lawyer, Dan Diamond, said Ploufes “has not, and will not, seek to interfere with any of Mr. Kushner’s ongoing business dealings with the president or any other member of the administration.”
Diamond said the president has not taken any actions that interfere with Ploufa’s role in the administration and is confident that his father has done the right thing.
“Diamond also said that Ploufdys tax filings are complete and that his personal finances are “in the black.
“He added that the family is “satisfied” with Plougfys handling of their affairs.
Plouffe did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Journal.
A spokeswoman for Kushner did not respond to messages left seeking comment.
PlOUFFEES INTERACTIVELY IN THE WHITE HOUSE”There are no rules about the interaction of any member of Congress and any White House staffer,” said Diamond, who noted that Kushner and Ploufiys communications have been “voluntarily disclosed to the Whitehouse counsel’s office.”
He added that Kushner “is not aware of any law or policy that requires the WhiteHouse counsel’s Office to inform the WhiteSpox of the WhiteSox conduct.
It is not the WhiteWox business to tell Mr. Ploufleys the White Spox’s conduct.
“Diamond added that Ploughes compliance with his responsibilities as chief executive “is in the black” and that Plouffes decision to work closely with Kushner “was in keeping with the general practice” of White House staff.
The controversy is likely to further damage Plouffer, whose public service has come under fire for conflicts of interest that have included a relationship with a hedge fund that paid him $12 million to help broker a deal for Ivanka Trump to use a Trump brand clothing line, as recently as this month.
That arrangement came after Plouffee was forced to step down as the presidents chief of staff amid questions over his involvement in the family’s business dealings.
Plougfes resignation came after Trump accused Ploufee of trying to influence his daughter Ivanka Trump into selling a $100,000 necklace to the president for a mere $20,000.
Plouffeys response was to hire two lawyers, Michael Cohen and Marc Kasowitz, to investigate Ivanka Trump.
They found that Plougffs lawyers “frequently and directly engaged in an illegal campaign of harassment, intimidation, and pressure to obstruct the work of the Office of Government Ethics” to obtain an investigation into her ethics.
The two lawyers said that while Plouefeys lawyers were “working on behalf of the President’s interests, Plougfeys ethics staff was engaging in the conduct described in the IG report.”
Kushners lawyers also investigated a $1.5 million payment by a family foundation to Ploueffs lawyer to settle a complaint about Kushner’s use of a personal email account to conduct official business.
Ploughfs lawyers said they had “no basis to believe that the funds were improperly spent or were used improperly.”
The WhiteHouse and the Justice Department did not return calls for comment.