According to recently obtained financial disclosure forms filled out by senior White House officials Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, government watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) reports that the couple has a “pattern of trouble with their filings.” CREW obtained the disclosures belonging to President Trump's daughter and son-in-law on Wednesday from the Office of Government Ethics, Newsweek reports.
The financial disclosure reports for 2018 revealed that Kushner edited his disclosure five times, four of which were made last month, and Ivanka edited hers eight times, six of which were made last month. Kushner's recent revisions were made on March 14, 18, 19, and 27, while Ivanka Trump's were made on March 14, 18, 19, 27, 29, and April 2. Together, they changed their forms 10 times and raise suspicions about the potential conflict of interest between their White House positions and their private business dealings.
“When taken together with their previous number of revisions on previous filings, it does show that they do have a pattern of trouble with their filings,” said CREW spokesman Jordan Libowitz to Newsweek on Thursday.
The forms were originally filed last May, and they did not receive certification from the Office of Government Ethics until Wednesday. The watchdog has requested the disclosures several times, and this week was the first time the office released them.
“The OGE was not willing to certify their reports for so long, which possibly has to do with why it was revised (so many) times,” Libowitz said. “So the question is, Why? We don’t want to say what the reason is without knowing, but it’s troubling.”
The specific revisions are not known, as previous versions were filed internally and not released, according to Libowitz.