Former US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has a book contract. He was one of Trump's key aides during the previous administration.
Kushner's book will be published by Broadside Books, a conservative division of HarperCollins Publishers, in early 2022. Kushner has started writing his memoir, which is now nameless and is expected to cover a wide range of topics, including the Middle East, criminal justice reform, and the pandemic.
Broadside stated Tuesday that “his book will be the ultimate, complete accounting of the administration — and the truth about what happened behind closed doors.”
The financial details were kept under wraps.
Whether brokering the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco — the so-called Abraham Accords — or playing a significant role in a criminal justice measure passed by Congress in 2018, Kushner was at the center of the Trump administration's initiatives. He also drafted the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal, which many saw as pro-Israel.
He's also been embroiled in a slew of scandals, whether it's over his financial dealings and alleged conflicts of interest, or the administration's highly panned handling of COVID-19.
Kushner called the White House response a "great success story" in April 2020, less than two months after the pandemic began, dismissing "the eternal lockdown crowd," and adding, "I think you'll see by June a lot of the country should be back to normal, and the hope is that by July the country's really rocking again."
The signing of Kushner comes at a time when the book business is debating whether Trump officials, particularly Trump himself, can be investigated without causing a mutiny at the publishing firm. Thousands of employees and authors at Simon & Schuster signed an open letter this spring denouncing the publisher's decision to hire former Vice President Mike Pence.
Employees questioned CEO Jonathan Karp at a Simon & Schuster town hall in May, and he responded that the company had a goal to hear opposing views of political disputes. He also stated that he did not want to publish Trump's book "Crippled America," which was published by the Simon & Schuster brand Threshold Editions in 2015 because he did not believe Trump would present an honest assessment of his time in office.
Last week, Trump said he was "writing like crazy" and had turned down two offers "from the most improbable of publishers," a claim that has been widely challenged in the publishing world.