President-elect Donald Trump‘s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly sent an approving message to the mastermind behind the Bridgegate lane closures shortly after he resigned from his position amid the scandal.
According to an email obtained by The Washington Post, Kushner wrote to former Port Authority official David Wildstein on Dec. 7, 2013: “Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and wishing the best. For what it’s worth, I thought the move you pulled was kind of badass.”
Kushner, a key player on Trump’s presidential transition team, appeared to be referring to the 2013 lane closures on the George Washington Bridge that froze traffic for days in a long-running ordeal that came to be known as “Bridgegate.”
Talking Points Memo reports that Wildstein previously worked for Kushner as the anonymous blogger for PolitickerNJ.com. Wildstein later confessed to masterminding the Bridgegate scheme. Earlier this month, two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were convicted of plotting to close the lanes as part of a revenge plot against a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse the Republican governor’s 2013 re-election bid.
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Kushner Companies spokeswoman Risa Heller told The Washington Post that Kushner’s email was “a poorly worded way of Jared trying to cheer up an old friend.”