White House releases details on top staffers' big bankrolls

WASHINGTON — President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are keeping vast real estate holdings, including Ivanka’s share of the Trump Hotel blocks from the White House where they are both top advisers to the new president.

The couple could be worth at least $240 million with their holdings potentially exceeding $740 million, according to a financial report released by the White House Friday. Government employees are only required to report assets in broad ranges. Kushner has divested himself from dozens of businesses or investments and resigned from more than 260 positions that lawyers determined could pose a conflict of interest with his work in the administration.

Jamie Gorelick, the couple's lawyer, told the Associated Press that in consultation with the Office of Government Ethics, attorneys determined the real estate would not pose the kind of conflicts that would require selling.

"The remaining conflicts, from a practical perspective, are pretty narrow and very manageable," she said.

The White House is releasing as many as 180 financial disclosure reports for top aides, including for former Goldman Sachs executives. Officials began sending them Friday and will continue releasing them over the weekend.

Officials said the release will not include President Trump or Vice President Pence, and they said the forms do not reveal current holdings but offer a snapshot of officials' assets and liabilities before they joined the government. As government employees, many Trump appointees had to divest some of their holdings to avoid conflicts of interests with their jobs. Trump stepped away from management of his branding and real-estate empire before taking office, but he has not relinquished his ownership stake.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the disclosures underscore Trump's ability to attract successful executives to his administration.

"I think it speaks volumes to the desire for a lot of these people to fulfill the president's vision and move the agenda forward that they are willing to list all of their assets, undergo this public scrutiny," Spicer told reporters Friday afternoon.

Here's what we know about the aides whose reports have been released so far:

Steve Bannon

The report for chief strategist Steve Bannon reflects his ties to the wealthy Mercer family, which was one of the biggest financial benefactors of Trump’s candidacy last year.

Bannon earned more than $1 million last year before entering the White House — including  $125,000 from Cambridge Analytica, Robert Mercer’s data analysis firm, and $191,000 from Breitbart News, where the Mercers are also co-owners. He earned $61,000 in salary from the Government Accountability Institute, a Mercer-funded nonprofit that backed research into Hillary Clinton’s finances, and $167,500 from Glittering Steel LLC, the movie production firm he co-founded with the Mercers. Glittering Steel produced the film Clinton Cash, based on the book of the same name supported by the institute.

Bannon’s filing indicated that he resigned from the ultra-conservative Breitbart News last August, the same month he joined Trump’s campaign, but that contradicts a letter that Breitbart CEO Larry Solov submitted to the Senate Press Gallery last week. Solov wrote that Bannon resigned “on or about Nov. 13 — the same day Bannon’s financial form lists as the start date of his White House job.

Bannon’s financial disclosure — which reflects his financial position prior to entering the White House — indicates he intended to sell his ownership share in Cambridge Analytica and Glittering Steel, pending approval of the deal by the Office of Government Ethics.

Sean Spicer

Spicer is a bit of a real estate magnate in his own right — but on a much smaller scale than his boss.

On financial disclosure forms for 2016, Spicer reported rental income of between $50,000 and $165,000 from four Northern Virginia properties with a combined value of at least $1.1 million.

He is also part of family trusts that own four properties in Rhode Island and Alabama, but those holdings provide no income to Spicer directly.

Otherwise, Spicer’s main source of income was his job as chief strategist and communications director at the Republican National Committee, where he earned $260,000 in salary and bonuses last year.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Trump and Kushner stepped down from running their respective businesses to assume unpaid posts at the White House, but the disclosure reports shared with the Associated Press and The New York Times on Friday evening show they will continue to earn money from the companies they helped build. Kushner, for instance, will continue to benefit from parts of the real estate empire he ran with his father through a series of trusts.

Ivanka Trump has put her fashion-licensing brand in a trust controlled by two relatives that is valued at more than $50 million, according to the financial disclosure report released late Friday.

The disclosures also show her maintaining an ownership stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the subject of protests from ethics watchdogs who say special interests are likely to stay at the hotel to win favor with the administration. The report, which lists income, assets and liabilities in broad ranges only, pegs Ivanka Trump’s stake in the hotel at between $5 million and $25 million. She reported earnings of $1 million to $5 million from the property. The Trumps have a 60-year lease on the federally owned property, just a short walk from the White House.

Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway, who serves as counselor to the president, has a multimillion-dollar portfolio, including between $6.5 million and $31 million in cash and money market accounts. Her retirement accounts are worth more than $2 million.

She listed business income of more than $800,000 from the polling and consulting firm she ran before joining Trump’s campaign.

Conway also reported consulting work for which she received more than $5,000 for the California-based Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover videos at Planned Parenthood clinics led to felony charges this week for recording without permission.

Reince Priebus

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus earned $1.4 million in 2016, over half of which came from the Milwaukee law firm where he is a partner — despite the fact that he has been on leave since January 2011.

Priebus earned a $225,000 salary and $100,000 in bonuses from the Republican National Committee in 2016, plus a $75,000 bonus check from 2015. The party also paid his rent in Washington — a little over $57,000 for the year. But the bigger chunk of his earnings was a $450,000 equity buyout from his law firm, Michael Best & Friedrich. He also received a $250,000 partnership distribution and a $50,000 bonus, and the firm returned $96,000 he had in a capital account there.

Unlike his boss, Priebus holds no major income-producing assets. His largest holdings are two bank accounts worth a total of between $300,000 and $600,000.

Gary Cohn

Gary Cohn’s salary of $1.8 million as Goldman Sachs CEO is only a small part of his financial picture.

Now director of Trump’s National Economic Council, Cohn also disclosed $11.2 million in cash bonuses, $23.2 million from the sale of restricted stock, and $1.7 million from exercised stock options from the Wall Street firm where he worked for 27 years. And that doesn’t include dividends, which he’s only required to disclose in ranges. Those added up to somewhere between $2.3 million and $14 million.

A White House lawyer who briefed reporters Friday said Cohn has resigned from all his former positions but is still in the process of divesting himself from his assets over the first three or four months of the administration.

Those assets include hundreds of brokerage accounts, hedge funds and partnerships. Those, too, only have to be reported in ranges, but at least 51 hold assets worth $1 million or more.

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