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Lawmakers Demand Answers on Kushner Supply Chain Influence

Lawmakers demand answers on Kushner supply chain influence
Chairs of two key House panels sent a letter to FEMA demanding information in a week on efforts by the president's senior adviser and son-in-law.
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Jared Kushner, with members of the White House coronavirus task force, on April 2, 2020.Win McNamee / Getty Images
 
April 8, 2020, 9:45 AM CDT / Updated April 8, 2020, 12:20 PM CDT
By Jonathan Allen

 

Two Democratic House committee leaders are demanding answers from the Trump administration about Jared Kushner's role in directing and redirecting the flow of life-saving medical equipment among private companies, various levels of government and hospitals in need.

 

The demand came in a letter sent Tuesday, the day the Kushner-backed supply chain task force abandoned its "war room" at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's headquarters following the revelation that a "partner" of the agency who worked in the area had tested positive for coronavirus. The letter was sent by Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor, giving an April 15 due date to provide files related to the efforts of Kushner, the president's senior adviser and son-in-law.

 

The White House has routinely ignored requests from Congress for information, and Trump was impeached by the House last year in part for directing aides to block House investigators from obtaining testimony and documents from the administration. He was acquitted by the Senate in February.

 

NBC News' requests for comment from FEMA, the White House and Kushner's team on the lawmakers' letter went unanswered.

 

Thompson, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, and Maloney, chair of the Oversight and Government Committee, are seeking "all communications between any FEMA employee and Jared Kushner regarding the acquisition, distribution of, or federally directed sale of any form of PPE or of medical supplies and equipment to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19," according to the letter.

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Lawmakers are taking a keen interest in Kushner's involvement in Project Airbridge, a new program under which the federal government lines up and pays for flights to bring medical equipment into the U.S. from overseas for private companies. The federal government gets to determine where 50 percent of the goods are distributed — potentially redirecting shipments bound for one area of need in favor of another — but the company still gets paid for supplying them.

 

The committees are seeking documents on "all flights FEMA has scheduled through Project Airbridge, including the destinations of all such flights, and the manifests detailing the quantities and types of PPE and essential medical supplies and equipment carried to the U.S. on these flights," Thompson and Maloney wrote.

"We are troubled by reports that Mr. Kushner’s actions — and those of outside advisers he has assembled and tasked — may be 'circumventing protocols that ensure all states’ requests are handled appropriately,'" they wrote. "We are particularly troubled that Mr. Kushner’s work may even involve 'directing FEMA and HHS officials to prioritize specific requests from people who are able to get Kushner on the phone.'"

 

Now, all the work for the supply chain task force, which is technically under the command of Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk as one of the subunits of Vice President Mike Pence's coronavirus task force, is being done on the phone. Late Monday night, FEMA instructed that task force to work remotely "until further notice."

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/lawmakers-demand-answers-kushner-supply-chain-influence...


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Honored Social Butterfly

rump's oversight for the rule of law nightmare he is living is not going to let up any time soon.  He should be impeached yesterday for playing Dr. and racketeering of the nations medical supplies.

Honored Social Butterfly

trump and jared always want us to believe that everything that they do is on the up and up. I would only ask, from all that we see of their actions, why would we believe anything that they say. 
They try to hide everything that they do!

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@williamb39198 wrote:

trump and jared always want us to believe that everything that they do is on the up and up. I would only ask, from all that we see of their actions, why would we believe anything that they say. 
They try to hide everything that they do!


My question is how far will Republicans go, how much will they compromise their dignity and their souls in not standing up to trump and his corruption?


Man learns from history that man learns nothing from history.
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