Charles Kushner, the father of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, admitted in an email to a close confidante on Wednesday that the president’s behavior was “beyond our control.”
Bob Sommer, a longtime Kushner family friend who once represented the family real estate company, Kushner Companies, erupted in anger at Mr. Kushner, who last month received a presidential pardon from Mr. Trump.
“I’ve texted jared as well,” said Mr. Sommer, who served as president of the Observer, wrote. He urged his former client to please “get trump to be an American” instead of an expletive.
Mr. Kushner did not dispute his characterization of the president. “Got it and beyond 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, a single count of retaliating against a federal witness and one of lying to the Federal Election Commission in a case that was also a lurid 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 referred to the violent protesters who invaded the Capitol as “American patriots” in a Twitter post Wednesday. Mr. Sommer wrote that he was “horrified I attended your wedding.” She did not respond.