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The Kushner swamp grows increasingly fetid. Jared Kushner is now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, and not just for trying to set up a backchannel to the Russian government. Multiple news reports confirm that Kushner's financial dealings are also under scrutiny. In December, he met with Sergey Gorkov of Vnesheconombank (VEB), supposedly to seek some sort of bailout of his company's 666 5th Avenue building. VEB is a Russian government-controlled bank whose investments tend to reflect political rather than economic goals. How, um, surprising.

Kushner Companies appears to be having some trouble in other areas as well. The company pulled its request for a tax break from Jersey City for its One Journal Square project, which has also lost anchor tenant WeWork.

Now it turns out that Kushner Companies has refused to respond to Democratic legislators' requests for information about its use of EB-5 visas through partner Qiaowai. Jared Kushner earlier promised full cooperation with investigators, but like his father-in-law, he seems to have a weak grasp on the truth. According to The Real Deal NYC, Democrats Patrick Leahy, Zoe Lofgren, and John Conyers sent Kushner Companies a letter that "suggests that Qiaowai may be violating US securities laws by guaranteeing Chinese nationals visas in exchange for their investments in Kushner parojects. It also asks if Qiaowai fronted the money for US Immigration Fund's Nicholas Mastroianni III's $100,000 donation to Trump's inaugural committee."