Charles Kushner, father of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, admitted in an email to a close confidant on Wednesday that the president’s behavior was “beyond our control.”
Bob Sommer, a longtime friend of the Kushner family who once represented the family-owned real estate company, Kushner Companies, has erupted in anger at Mr Kushner, who last month received a presidential pardon from Mr Trump.
“I also texted jared,” said Sommer, who served as president of the Observer. He urged his former client to please “get the trump card of being an American” instead of a curse.
Mr. Kushner did not dispute his qualification as president. “I got it and out of our control,” he replied, according to a copy of the email exchange obtained by The New York Times.
Mr Kushner, 66, pleaded guilty in 2004 to 16 counts of tax evasion, one count of retaliation against a federal witness and one count of lying to the Federal Election Commission in a case that was also a sinister family drama. He served two years in prison before being released in 2006. His pardon last month was one of the most anticipated of the Trump presidency.
Mr Sommer also texted the president’s daughter and Jared Kushner’s wife Ivanka Trump after she called the protesters “American patriots” in a Twitter message on Wednesday. Mr Sommer wrote that he was “horrified to have attended your wedding”. She did not answer.