Amid recent probes of questionable Biden family business dealings, many in the media have been looking backward for potential comparisons with relatives of former President Donald Trump who may also have benefited from their political associations, and jumping right on that bandwagon this week was Kellyanne Conway, as Breitbart reports.
During an interview with Fox News's Martha MacCallum, Conway – a former counselor to Trump – took aim at first daughter Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, whose high-profile position in the prior administration routinely raised eyebrows.
While discussing revelations from the House Oversight Committee concerning large sums received by members of President Joe Biden's family from Chinese-linked business associates, Conway made her feelings about Kushner's conduct known.
MacCallum began, “You know, there's obviously comparisons. There was a lot of discussion during the Trump White House years that there was collusion with Russia. There were massive investigations, millions of dollars spent, and always the question, you know, what are they getting in return?”
Fox News contributor Juan Williams piped in, noting that Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) suggested a probe of “Trump accounting firms” and adding that the congressman has asked why no investigation has been done with regard to “Jared Kushner getting $2 billion directly from the Saudis after former President Trump bragged about protecting the Saudi prince.”
“Kellyanne, is that a fair question about Jared Kushner?” MacCallum asked.
Not holding anything back, Conway replied, “Well, Jared, of course, is the only person I think who has benefited in the billions – with a 'B' – from the Trump presidency. That's for sure.”
Despite that blunt assessment, Conway added, “But look, I think whataboutism isn't going to work here,” suggesting that at least some of the Bidens' alleged offenses happened when the family patriarch “was the sitting vice president.”
The chat with MacCallum and Williams was by no means the first time Conway has leveled such accusations against Kushner, with the longtime Trump confidant having held forth in a similar vein last summer in an interview with the Washington Times.
“There's nobody who's profited more handsomely from Donald Trump's presidency than Jared Kushner,” Conway declared. “If you believe the news reports...he's gotten billions of dollars for his [investment] fund.”
Conway was apparently referring to reports suggesting that the Saudi government put $2 billion worth of investments into Kushner's private equity firm, which was launched after his departure from the White House.
As the New York Post noted, financial dealings were not the only area in which Conway had a serious bone to pick with Kushner, as she also took issue with his declaration that he was done with politics following his father-in-law's 2020 loss, stating it to be a “convenient way of saying, 'Don't hold me responsible for all the authority I gave myself.”
“It's become incredibly convenient for Jared to not be given responsibility for that 2020 debacle of a campaign, to not take responsibility for, frankly, not being there for his father-in-law now the way he insisted on being there for five straight years until things didn't really work out,” said Conway.
Clearly, there is no love lost between Conway when it comes to Kushner, but whether she is correct about the inability of liberal “whataboutism” to derail the pursuit of the truth when it comes to the Bidens, only time will tell.