White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly harbors ill feelings toward former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his role in sending Kushner’s father to prison.
But the story that culminated with Charles Kushner occupying a cell at the Federal Prison Camp in Montgomery involves a sordid mess of family blackmail and financial crimes which the elder Kushner himself described as “disgraceful and reprehensible.”
According to a 2005 New York Times report, Charles Kushner’s problems began well after he had turned his father’s real estate business into a lucrative real estate empire, with “more than 25,000 apartments, millions of square feet of commercial and industrial space and thousands of acres of developable land.”
The family disagreed on how the business and its proceeds should be distributed, according to The Times, and Kushner’s “growing prominence as a political financier” helped take him down.
When his brother-in-law began cooperating with federal authorities investigating Kushner’s campaign donations, he hired a prostitute to seduce him, recorded the encounter on video, and then sent the tape to his own sister as blackmail.
In the end, Kushner pleaded guilty to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal campaign donations, earning him a sentence of two years in federal prison.
His son, Jared, reportedly visited him every week and continues to carry a grudge against Christie for his role in the ordeal, believing his father was treated unfairly.