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LA-based CIM Group ties with Kushner and Trump World raises ethics questions




WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31:  U.S. President Donald Trump (R) delivers remarks at the beginning of a meeting with his son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and government cyber security experts in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. Citing the hack of computers at the Democratic National Committee by Russia, Trump said that the private and public sectors must do more to prevent and protect against cyber attacks.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) delivers remarks at the beginning of a meeting with his son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and government cyber security experts in the Roosevelt Room at the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. Citing the hack of computers at the Democratic National Committee by Russia, Trump said that the private and public sectors must do more to prevent and protect against cyber attacks. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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During his campaign, Donald Trump touted his business experience as an asset to the presidency. Now, his critics warn that his many businesses endeavors and business relationships create ethical problems for the White House.

Among the firms with close ties to the President, there's one raising eyebrows that's based here in Los Angeles - real estate finance and development company, the CIM Group. 

The privately held firm has been doing business with President Trump and his son-in-law and top advisor Jared Kushner for years. 

Andrea Bernstein is senior editor of politics and policy at NPR member station, WNYC.  She and her colleague, Ilya Marritz have been investigating the CIM-Trump connection.

Take Two's A Martinez spoke with Bernstein about CIM and Trump Worlds's business history, and how ethics experts say that relationship may come into play now that Trump and Kushner are in the White House. 

To hear the full interview with Andrea Bernstein, click on the blue Media Player above.