Jared Kushner’s Role in the Coronavirus Response

The trend of the former president’s son-in-law being handed serious responsibilities far beyond his experience continued during the pandemic. American Oversight is investigating how Jared Kushner mismanaged the hunt for medical supplies, and whether his personal business or associates benefited.

Despite having no evident experience that would serve him taking a lead role in responding to a national public health emergency, former White House Adviser Jared Kushner was tasked with spearheading the procurement of badly needed medical supplies and personal protective equipment for the nation’s medical workers in an effort known as “Project Airbridge.” In that endeavor, Kushner turned toward a group of private-sector volunteers, many with similarly little expertise.

The project was soon beset by problems that stemmed from this lack of experience. Promising leads were overlooked in favor of tips from Trump allies, with those tips making their way onto a “VIP Update” spreadsheet. “Few of the leads, V.I.P. or otherwise, panned out,” wrote the New York Times in reporting on a whistleblower memo written by a volunteer.

Others close to Kushner found their way into the federal response effort. The CEO of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation — Adam Boehler, Kushner’s college roommate — was also central in managing the response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to critical supply shortages. And according to reporting by the Atlantic in late March 2020, a health insurance company co-founded by Kushner’s brother built a testing-information website for the government that was eventually scrapped.

American Oversight is investigating the role that the president’s son-in-law has played in the federal government’s pandemic response, from the involvement of his personal associates to the small-business relief loans that went to his family’s companies.

Updates

New Records Include Private Executives’ Emails with Hahn, Kushner

May 27, 2021
American Oversight has obtained new emails from 2020 in which Trump officials fielded requests from private-sector representatives, in some cases requesting assistance from top public health officials.

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April 12, 2021
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

Newly Obtained Emails Include Private-Sector Executives’ Pandemic-Related Communications with Kushner, Mnuchin

April 9, 2021
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March 24, 2021
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For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

Covid-19 Oversight News: CDC Flip-Flops, Azar’s ‘Power Grab,’ and Vaccine Trial Plans

September 21, 2020
For the latest news on the pandemic, as well as updates on various oversight investigations, sign up for our weekly Covid-19 Oversight News email.

Investigations Update: Family Separation, Unmarked Law Enforcement, and Trump’s Campaign Rallies

June 30, 2020
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News Roundup: The Administration’s Failure to Confront Two National Crises

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The Trump administration's responses to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and to nationwide protests against systemic racism in law enforcement have been both harmful and insufficient.

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Jared Kushner’s Failed Coronavirus Supply Chain Task Force

June 18, 2020
Jared Kushner was tasked with managing the supply chain of lifesaving equipment and Americans paid the price. The public deserves to know why.

News Roundup: A Somber Week After Memorial Day

May 29, 2020
As states across the country enter various phases of “reopening,” sobering news about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to emerge. 

News Roundup: One Firing, Multiple Scandals

May 22, 2020
Trump's firing of the State Department's inspector general has unearthed a series of concerning stories about the conduct of the very person who pressed for the firing — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

News Roundup: The Subversion of Justice at the Justice Department

May 15, 2020
From investigations into the president’s perceived enemies to interference in the criminal cases of Trump allies like Flynn and Roger Stone, the ongoing politicization of the department is a dangerous threat to the rule of law.

American Oversight Sues Treasury, State and HHS for Coronavirus Communications

May 6, 2020
The lawsuit seeks seeks the release of emails sent by senior appointees including Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Azar, and Secretary Pompeo.

News Roundup: Corruption and Coronavirus

April 10, 2020
Trump is apparently counting on the public to be too distracted by the coronavirus to pay much attention to his continuing dictator-like purges of government officials and his brazen rejection of oversight. 
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DOD Communications Regarding Private Individuals Involved in Covid-19 Response

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