Kushner had been operating under a temporary security clearance while the FBI performed a background check.
He has been the subject of scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and other congressional probes for revising his SF-86 form used to gain a security clearance and retroactively reporting interactions with foreign officials, including Russians.
“With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process,” Abbe Lowell, a personal attorney for Kushner, said in a statement. “Having completed all of these processes, he’s looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
White House officials stripped Kushner’s top-secret-level clearance in February, in response to a scandal over former staff secretary Rob Porter. Porter, who resigned after allegations surfaced that he had abused his two ex-wives, also had been granted a temporary clearance pending the completion of a prolonged FBI background check.
The CEO of Campbell Soup announced her retirement Friday as the company announced that it will undertake a strategic review to address poor sales in a climate that is increasingly hostile to processed foods and imported steel.
Kevin McLoughlin, a board member of the company for two years, is taking over immediately for Denise Morrison, who was CEO since 2011.
The shakeup at the 150-year-old company based in Camden, New Jersey, coincided Friday with an announcement by Chief Financial Officer Anthony DiSilvestro that Campbell must lower its fiscal 2018 earnings guidance because of unexpectedly low gross margins.
Campbell’s completed its acquisition of the snack brand Snyder’s Lance this quarter but DiSilvestro blamed “both execution-related and external challenges” for the company’s lackluster performance, even as organic sales were stable in what the CFO referred to as a “difficult environment.”
In addition to growing market demand for healthier food options, Campbell’s has been grappling with tariffs on imported steel and aluminum that the Trump administration imposed in March.
“We expect double-digit increases on steel and aluminum,” DiSilvestro said, as quoted by the Associated Press.
The prediction is a jarring contradiction to an attempt by the Trump administration to normalize its steel and aluminum tariffs. Earlier this year, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross famously held up a can of Campbell’s soup in a CNBC interview to make the point.
DiSilvestro meanwhile also told investors that the company anticipates a surge in wheat and vegetable prices, driven up by inflation.
Though Campbell’s shares plunged more than 10 percent in early trading Friday, so did those of other leading beverage companies PepsiCo Inc., Coca-Cola Co. and Molson Coors Brewing, which like Campbell’s are reliant on metal.
Even a tariff of one penny would lead to a $1.1 billion tax on consumers and businesses in a country with 119 billion U.S.-made cans, according to a statement from the Can Manufacturers Institute, which represents 22,000 manufacturers workers across the country.
Campbell’s noted that its incoming CEO McLoughlin is the former chief executive at appliance maker Electrolux.
Posting a net loss this quarter of $393 million, Campbell’s said it expects 2018 earnings to decline between 5 percent and 6 percent. Initially it had projected a decline ranging between 1 percent and 3 percent.
The company plans to discuss the outcome of their financial plans in late August.
New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman — a champion of the Alt-Left who has made a name for himself in his state and around the country for opposing President Donald J. Trump’s agenda — has resigned amid a number of allegations from four women that he beat and abused them.
The women, two of whom have gone public and two of whom have chosen to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution, have all alleged that Schneiderman physically and mentally abused them, including slapping them across the face and injuring them to the point they had to seek medical attention.
As reported by The New Yorker, the women made a number of disturbing claims again a man who claimed to be a champion of the #MeToo movement:
They accuse Schneiderman of having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence. All have been reluctant to speak out, fearing reprisal. But two of the women, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, have talked to The New Yorker on the record, because they feel that doing so could protect other women. They allege that he repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent.
The magazine noted further that Manning Barish and Selvaratnam characterized the abuse as an “assault.” Though they never reported Schneiderman’s actions to police, they both said they sought medical attention for their injuries after they were slapped hard across the ear and face as well as choked.
A third woman who was also romantically involved with the former AG told Manning Barish and Selvaratnam that he regularly subjected her to nonconsensual physical abuse, but she’s too scared to come forward publicly. The New Yorker reported that it has independently fact-checked those accounts.
A fourth woman who is an attorney and who has held several prominent posts within the New York legal community said that the AG made a sexual advance towards her but when she rebuffed those advances, he slapped her across the face so hard it left a mark that hung around until the next day.
“She recalls screaming in surprise and pain, and beginning to cry, and says that she felt frightened,” the magazine reported. “She has asked to remain unidentified, but shared a photograph of the injury with The New Yorker.”
In response to the report, Schneiderman denied he engaged in any non-consensual behavior and said he had been “role-playing.” Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand had called on him to resign earlier tonight.
One more alt-left hypocrite
Schneiderman, who has fought the Trump administration over everything from immigration enforcement to climate policy, issued a statement as he stepped down.
“It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as attorney general for the people of the State of New York,” he said. “In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me.
“While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time. I, therefore, resign my office, effective at the close of business on May 8, 2018.”