Hostess Tied to Trump’s Russia Links

By Lizzie JohnsonThe New York Times (N.Y.)

(AP)The hostess who hosts a tea party event at the White House and whose company is also a registered lobbyist for the Russian government was recently paid by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to help secure a $250,000 loan from the Russian investment bank Vnesheconombank, the Journal reported Wednesday.

The Journal said the loan, which Kushner received in December, was for $1.5 million.

The loan was granted in a December 2016 letter from then-Attorney General Sally Yates to Kushner’s then-chief of staff, Michael Dubke.

The loan was issued without the approval of a Senate committee that had investigated whether Trump aides were breaking the law.

The bank’s director of global capital markets and a former chief of the World Bank are both named on the loan agreement, the paper said.

The bank declined to comment on the loans’ source.

The Journal report said the letter was obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

The Trump administration has denied the Journal’s claims.

Jared Kushner, a top adviser to President Donald J. Trump, and Ivanka Trump, wife of President Donald Donald J., attend a breakfast in the Roosevelt Room of the White