Former White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
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- A report from The New York Times has new details on Jared Kushner’s exodus from Washington.
- Kushner reportedly saw Trump’s voter fraud conspiracy theories as a losing battle.
- A turning point was Trump’s infamous “frankly, we did win this election” press conference.
Former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner made the decision to leave the nation’s capital even before his father-in-law had officially lost to President Joe Biden, according to The New York Times.
“We’re moving to Miami,” Kushner reportedly told his wife and then-fellow White House advisor, Ivanka Trump, the night after Trump’s infamous “frankly, we did win this election” press conference.
Kushner repeated the story of that night to staffers and associates, according to the Times, and concluded that he and Ivanka did not need to wait for the official results.
Insider and its partners at Decision Desk HQ did not call the race until that Friday, while other major outlets held off until Saturday as mail-in votes in Pennsylvania continued to be counted.
Kushner also reportedly told Trump that he would not help him with his post-election efforts as long as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was on board, according to the Times.
Kushner’s decision created a “vacuum” in the Trump White House, opening the door for election deniers such as Giuliani and former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, the Times reported.
Peter Baker, the Times’ chief White House correspondent, notes in the report that more details could emerge about Kushner’s involvement in the buildup to the January 6 insurrection on Thursday night, when the House Select Committee will present its findings for the first time in prime-time.
The White House couple’s departure from their mansion in Washington’s ritzy Kalorama neighborhood was documented the next day, January 7, 2021.