Donald’s Trump administration had such a high turnover rate that it’s a bit difficult to keep track of who held what position when. So, here’s a quick recap: during the election cycle, then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was appointed as head of the presidential transition team… only to be unceremoniously demoted just days after Trump won the election. The firing was reportedly carried out by Steve Bannon, who, after some prodding, allegedly admitted that “one person and one person only was responsible” for Christie’s abrupt dismissal. That person, writes Christie, was none other than “Jared Kushner, still apparently seething over events that had occurred a decade ago,” per The Guardian.
What on earth happened a decade ago that had Kushner “taking an axe to [Christie’s] head with the boss,” according to Bannon? Well… quite a lot, as it turns out. Per The New York Times, back in 2005, Charles Kushner, father of Jared and a multimillionaire real estate executive, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of “tax evasion, witness tampering, and illegal campaign donations.” The elder Kushner also admitted to hiring sex worker to seduce his brother-in-law, taping their encounter, and sending the tape to his own sister as a way of securing her silence about his shady dealing, according to the NYT. You know, normal family stuff.
But what role did Christie play in this drama? Read on to find out.