Twenty-five House Democrats sent a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday to demand that he fire senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner.
“It is impossible for the American people or their elected Representatives to have faith that Jared Kushner will put their interests above his own personal and financial interests,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “The only path forward is clear: Jared Kushner must resign immediately. If he will not, we believe it is your duty as White House Chief of Staff to fire him.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) shared the letter on Twitter, saying that the American people could not trust Kushner with their interests “with everything we’ve learned about what [he] has done.”
With everything we’ve learned about what Jared Kushner has done, it is impossible for the American people to trust him to put their interests above his own personal and financial interests.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) March 14, 2018
Others who signed the letter include Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.).
The call for Kushner’s termination comes amid reports that his business interests may have influenced the advice he gave to President Donald Trump about foreign affairs.
Qatari officials earlier this week claimed they had evidence proving the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have influenced Kushner to encourage the president to endorse a blockade of the nation by its neighbors last year. They also suggested Kushner may have used the blockade as a form of retaliation after Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund refused to invest in his failing flagship property at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York.
Last month, The Washington Post reported that officials from four countries — UAE, China, Israel, and Mexico — were discussing ways to manipulate Kushner to their advantage using his business dealings, lack of foreign policy experience, and the financial difficulties he is facing with the Fifth Avenue property.
Kushner’s security clearance was recently downgraded following the Rob Porter scandal, though Kelly noted at the time that he had “full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in foreign policy.”