Md. Democrats request details on Kushner Cos.

By Doug Donovan

The Baltimore Sun

Congressional Democrats from Maryland have asked for thousands of pages of documents to review the business practices of Jared Kushner’s apartment rental company in the state.

In a letter Friday, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Anthony Brown told Kushner’s firm that it must abide by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations because its tenants receive federal rental subsidies through the Housing Choice voucher program.

The Kushner Cos., based in New York, own 17 apartment complexes in Maryland, most of them in Baltimore County. The lawmakers, who represent areas with Kushner properties, want documents that detail the firm’s voucher contracts with HUD, inspection reports, lawsuits filed by the firm against former tenants and information about any potential conflicts of interest for Kushner.

The lawmakers also want to know how much money judges have awarded to the firm, and requested “copies of all requests for body attachments filed by Kushner Companies in the state of Maryland.”

The Baltimore Sun has reported that the Kushner Cos. have filed more requests in the state for body attachments — civil arrests of defandants for allegedly failing to appear in court — than any other property owner since 2013.

The Sun has also reported that three of the company’s 17 apartment complexes in Maryland have received $6.1 million in HUD Housing Choice voucher payments on behalf of 268 tenants. The White House told The Sun in February that Kushner would not participate in any policy decisions related to the voucher program to avoid the potential for conflicts of interest.

The lawmakers cited The Sun’s reporting and a magazine article by The New York Times and ProPublica that alleged substandard living conditions in Kushner properties.

“If these reports are accurate, they raise very serious and troubling concerns about whether Kushner Companies and its subsidiaries are complying with HUD’s housing quality standards to ensure the safety and health of their own tenants,” they wrote.

The letter is addressed to Kushner Cos. president Laurent Morali. A copy was provided to The Sun.

Emily Wolf, general counsel to the Kushner Cos., said, “We are in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Housing Choice Program.

“We exercise our legal rights under the relevant provisions of Maryland law only as a last resort after all other reasonable attempts to collect rent payments are unsuccessful,” she said in a statement.

Jared Kushner was CEO of the Kushner Cos. from 2008 until Jan. 19, when he stepped down to join the Trump administration. He retains ownership of the firm.

The Democrats requested all documents pertaining to inspections of Kushner-owned properties, including “any notification of elevated blood lead level affecting any tenant.”

Inspection reports from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City this year and last showed that the Dutch Village apartment complex failed inspection in 31 units. All passed reinspection a month later, and another 25 apartments passed initial reviews.

Transgender Navy SEAL to Donald Trump: 'Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy'

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Transgender Navy SEAL to Donald Trump:

"Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy.'

By Jen Hayden  
2017/07/26 · 11:40

Kristin Beck, who spent two decades as a Navy SEAL, has a challenge for Donald Trump in the wake of his morning tweetstorm announcing a ban on transgender service members. From Business Insider:

"Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy," Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. "Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service."
Beck is a bonafide American hero:

Beck is not just your average service member. Born Christopher Beck, she served for 20 years in the Navy with SEAL Teams 1, 5, and, eventually, the elite 6. She deployed 13 times over two decades, including stints in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She received the Bronze Star award for valor and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat.

"I was defending individual liberty," she said. "I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone."
Beck’s missions in Afghanistan helped take out Osama bin Laden. What an embarrassment to this nation and a stabbing insult to patriots like Beck, who simply want to serve their country.

CORONADO, CA - APRIL 15:  During a Hell Week surf drill evolution, a Navy SEAL instructor assists students from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) class 245 with learning the importance of listening April 15, 2003 in Coronado, California.

The intense physical and mental conditioning it takes to become a SEAL begins at BUD/S training. During this six-month mind and body obstacle course, recruits are pushed to their physical and mental limits. Further development of the core values, Honor, Courage, Commitment and Integrity, is an essential component of SEAL training and one that is weaved throughout a SEAL's career.

First phase is the basic conditioning phase and is eight weeks in length. Physical training involves running, swimming, and calisthenics, all of which become increasingly difficult as the weeks progress. The fourth week of training, "Hell Week," is five-and-a-half days of continuous training with very little sleep. This week is designed to push students to their maximum capability both physically and mentally. The remaining weeks are spent in hydrographic reconnaissance and basic maritime training.  

(Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
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