Federal Bureau of Investigation said Jared Kushner warning about Wendi Deng Murdoch

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Sources told The Journal that counterintelligence officials had warned Kushner about the relationship, and that they were concerned about Murdoch's role in pushing for a Chinese-government funded garden in Washington, D.C.

Murdoch, The Journal said, was previously believed to have lobbied for a planned $100 million Chinese garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC.

Officials feared that the structure could be used for surveillance, as it would have been located on a high patch of land less than five miles from the White House and U.S. Capitol building, according to the Journal.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Kushner was warned early previous year that Murdoch could be using her friendship with him and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to "further the interests of the Chinese government".

A spokesman said Wendi Deng Murdoch "has no knowledge of any concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her or her associations", and denied she was aware of the garden project.

Entrepreneur and socialite Ivanka Trump, businessman Jared Kushner and Wendi Murdoch attend the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection Launch Benefitting The United Nations Foundation at Trump Park Avenue on March 1, 2010 in New York City.

After Trump's election, Murdoch posted a selfie of herself together with Ivanka Trump at an inauguration event. He added that she "has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government". It's also worth noting that the Journal is a Murdoch-owned publication, but this wouldn't be the first time that Wendi has been connected to a world leader, or someone adjacent to one.

Ms Deng is a USA resident who was conceived in China.

A representative for Kushner and Trump described his interaction with intelligence officials as a "routine senior staff security briefing". His former wife still uses her married name. "US counter-intelligence has slurred people before with flimsy suspicions, especially those people with ties to China (eg ethnic Chinese)".

Murdoch has been a good friend of the couple for many years, according to an interview she did with the Guardian in 2016.

A Chinese-born citizen, she married in 1999 the Australian businessman, who filed for divorce in 2013.

In November 2000 the Journal published an investigation into Wendi Murdochthat claimed an Californian couple sponsored her application for a student visa in the USA, helped teach her English and gave her somewhere to stay.

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