FBI warned Jared Kushner on Murdoch ex-wife

Pauline Gross
January 17, 2018

Murdoch, The Journal said, was previously believed to have lobbied for a planned $100 million Chinese garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Officials feared that the structure could be used for surveillance, as it would have been located on a high patch of land less than five miles from the White House and U.S. Capitol building, according to the Journal.

A spokesman for Murdoch told the Wall Street Journal that she is unaware of the Federal Bureau of Investigation having concerns about her and has no knowledge of the planned garden. He added that she "has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government".

The White House described Kushner's meeting with U.S. security as "routine" and said none of the people involved had been accused of wrongdoing. He said Kushner "has complied with all ethics and disclosure recommendations and has played a helpful role in strengthening the US-China relationship so as to help bring about a better resolution to the many issues the countries have".

The Chinese Embassy in D.C. told the Journal that the report was "full of groundless speculations".

"She's very impressive", Murdoch said of Ivanka Trump in the interview.

According to a source quoted in the Journal's article, Murdoch has surfaced on the radar of counter-intelligence services before. Regardless she utilizes her wedded name.

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As the daughter of a factory director, Murdoch moved to the USA from China to attend Yale University before returning to China to work for News Corp., where she met Murdoch. They have two children together, Grace and Chloe.

Ms Deng and Mr Kushner were not accused of any wrongdoing in the report from the WSJ, which is published by News Corp, the vast media empire chaired by Rupert Murdoch. "Count me deeply sceptical", he posted on Twitter.

China, a political adversary to the U.S. and a rising world power, stands accused by the USA of forcing foreign firms to hand over technology and of protectionist practices that disproportionately favor Chinese companies.

It's apparently not just Russian Federation that the Trump administration has to worry about.

Who is Wendi Deng Murdoch? For as little as $3, you can help us. The couple divorced in 2013.

The article also alleged that Murdoch was helping to identify investments for her husband's company in China and was acting as his "liaison and translator in China". At the time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said there was reason to be watchful about Ms. Murdoch, but that they hadn't looked into her in detail, the person said.

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