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'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished

'Jared has faded': Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished

They were the ascendant young couples of the Trump White House: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and Rob Porter and Hope Hicks. They enjoyed rarefied access to the president and special privileges in the West Wing. Glamorous and well-connected, they had an air of power and invincibility. They even double-dated once.

But an unlikely cascade of events - set in motion by paparazzi photos of Porter and Hicks published Feb. 1 in a British tabloid - crashed down on Kushner this week. The shortest month of the year delivered 28 days of tumult that many inside and outside the White House say could mark the fall of the House of Kushner.

Once the prince of Trump's Washington, Kushner...

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