“The White House is in a position to ascertain the relevant facts related to both possible violations and is responsible for monitoring compliance with ethics requirements…[and] initiating any appropriate disciplinary or correction action,” Apol wrote. “I have discussed this matter with the White House Counsel’s Office in order to ensure that they have begun the process of ascertaining the facts necessary to determine whether any law or regulation has been violated. During that discussion, the White House informed me that they had already begun this process.”
Despite the letter’s claim that an investigation has already begun, a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies told the Wall Street Journal that the firm had not yet received an inquiry from the White House. Kushner’s attorney, meanwhile, claimed the White House counsel had already concluded the loans were not connected to his dealings on behalf of the Trump administration.
After the Journal reported on Apol’s letter, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted a common reaction:
Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.