Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, was secretly trying to sell his struggling publication, the New York Observer, to two die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters soon after the presidential election, BuzzFeed reported Friday.
According to the article, Kushner and Joseph Meyer, Observer Media’s chair, were looking to offload the paper to Clinton mega donor Haim Saban and David Brock, the founder of the progressive media watchdog, Media Matters.
While Saban told TheWrap that Kushner never offered to sell him the Observer, Brock didn’t immediately responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. But, according to BuzzFeed, Kushner had initially hoped to sell the paper to American Media, the parent company of the National Enquirer and a decidedly pro-Trump publication. But two sources told BuzzFeed that Kushner and Meyer found “more attractive suitors in Hillaryland.”
According to the article, Observer Media executives had discussions with Saban and Brock just days after the election. A source told the publication that Kushner did not initiate the contact and “largely recused himself after an initial discussion,” though, according to BuzzFeed, Kushner had no issues with selling his paper to Trump’s “sworn enemies.”
The then editor-in-chief of the Observer, Ken Kurson, confirmed to BuzzFeed that he and Meyer talked to Saban on the phone in late 2016. BuzzFeed went on to say that Kurson also met with Brock in January 2017 to discuss the sale.
Brock, a former conservative star, was the author of a scathing Hillary Clinton biography before switching sides and becoming a key fundraiser and strategist for the Democratic Party. He founded Media Matters in 2004 in an effort to combat the conservative eco-system he was once a part of.
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Saban, an Israeli-American media mogul and owner of Univision, was known as an ardent supporter of Clinton’s 2016 failed presidential bid. Saban was also a critic of Kushner’s father-in-law.
According to BuzzFeed, Brock and Saban were clear about what they intended to do with the paper. Brock had already publicly stated that he wanted to turn one of his progressive sites into “the Breitbart of the left.” A source told BuzzFeed that Saban was “interested in having a presence in Washington.”
But according to BuzzFeed, the talks eventually hit a wall over money.
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A source familiar with the discussions told BuzzFeed that Kushner had demanded $20 million for the paper — double what he paid for it exactly a decade earlier.
The White House did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
The turnover in the Trump administration continues.
Michael Flynn resigned in February 2017 as President Trump’s national security adviser after less than a month in the position.
The move came after Flynn admitted he gave “incomplete information” about a call he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. last December regarding sanctions against Russia, The New York Times reported, and that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about the conversation.
Months after getting personal assurance from the president that he would remain in his job as a top federal prosecutor, Bharara was asked to submit his resignation in March 2017.
“Had I not been fired, and had Donald Trump continued to cultivate a direct personal relationship with me, it’s my strong belief at some point, given the history, the president of the United States would’ve asked me to do something inappropriate,” Bharara said on his podcast.
President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017 over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Trump’s decision was based on the recommendation of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to Spicer.
Michael Dubke, the first communications director in the Trump White House, resigned in May 2017 in the midst of ongoing blowback for the president’s handling of the firing of James Comey.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned in late July 2017 when Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
According to the New York Times, which first broke the news, Spicer told President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of New York financier and former Fox Business host Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
Priebus was ousted from his position as White House Chief of Staff in July 2017, when Donald Trump hired General John Kelly to take his place.
“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American,” Trump said in a tweet.
“I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country,” Trump went on to say in a separate tweet. “We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!”
Scaramucci was the White House Communications Director for 10 days last summer and is now infamous for a wild, expletive-filled interview with The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza. He announced in late September week that he will launch his own media website, called The Scaramucci Post.
Sebastian Gorka announced his decision to exit his role as deputy assistant to the POTUS in a letter to the president in late August 2017.
“[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote in the letter, obtained by the Federalist. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”
White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was reportedly fired in August 2017, though he insists he resigned July 27 — giving two weeks’ notice — but his leaving was put off because of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. He returned to Breitbart News, where he vows to go to “war” for Trump.
Following a week-long scandal over his lavish use of private jets while traveling on government business, Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price resigned on September 29.
“Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted,” the White House said in a statement. “The President intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as Acting Secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017.”
Former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman resigned in December “to pursue other opportunities,” according to a White House press release. Trump thanked her for In February 2018, she became a contestant on “Celebrity Big Brother,” and bashed Trump in the first episode.
Centers for Disease Control director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned in January 2018 after a Politico report that she bought shares in a tobacco company one month into her role.
Staff secretary Rob Porter left the White House in February 2018 after his two ex-wives both detailed accusations of domestic abuse. Reports emerged that senior aides knew about the allegations for months but did nothing until more details came out to the public, sparking backlash. Trump praised Porter’s character and reiterated that he had proclaimed his innocence.
Just one day after testifying before the House intelligence committee in February 2018, the White House Communications Director and longtime Trump loyalist announced plans to resign.
Cohn, considered one of the most liberal members of Team Trump, is leaving after a disagreement with Trump over tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. He had previously been mentioned as a possible chief of staff. The White House announced March 6 that he would leave soon.
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