Yep They-the FBI-Went to Jared’s
Great minds think alike. There were a lot of great minds on Twitter after the news about Jared Kusher being a focus of the FBI investigation.
Yep. 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/dO0Adn0rGC
— Barb Erdmier (@barberdmier) May 25, 2017
So the person of interest is Jared. Of course, many of us on Twitter knew this already.
Jared Kushner is under scrutiny in the FBI's Russia investigation, NBC reports https://t.co/GiQnKz8Hno
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 25, 2017
The current White House official who is focus of Russia probe is Kushner, WaPo reports: https://t.co/VAXxnmSdCK
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 25, 2017
The Washington Post:
“Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation.”
“Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians, the people said.”
The Russian ambassador in question was ubiquitous with the Trump campaign as well as the transition-and of course a few weeks ago when Trump showed off classified info in an Oval Office meeting the day after he fired James Comey. Kisylak was also talking a lot to Carter Page, Jeff Sessions-it was Sessions who got Carter Page into Trump’s orbit-etc.
“The Washington Post reported last week that a senior White House official close to the president was a significant focus of the high-stakes investigation, though it did not name Kushner.”
Some on Twitter did assert is was Jared. Though we keep hearing that these are the voices of ‘conspiracy theorists’ they proved correct again.
— Thombstone 💀 (@ThomDaugherty) May 25, 2017
I will say this-Yasha Ali does good work as do many including Mensch and Claude Taylor. But what I don’t think is necessary is that Ali goes out of his way to bash them.
They also think that a POTUS' impeachment power can be limited before he's removed from office which means you should never listen to them. https://t.co/uvyVqqN5Ez
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 25, 2017
I won’t go off on a Louise Mensch Derangement Syndrome rant-in this post. Though the day is still young! But I guess Ali sees them as competitors. This is how Seth Abramson seems to see them as well. Let’s not even got into Naveed Jamali! But in my opinion, those do good work on Trump Russia should realize we’re all on the same side.
Ok, I get it-we all like credit that we deserve. Me too. I talked about how no one was talking about what I wrote about Comey using Russian hacked docs-totally unverified-to justify the Comey presser and now the Washington Post gets it and there’s tons of talk.
That’s part of what happens when you run ahead of conventional wisdom. Miles puts it a great way regarding Mensch.
I respect Pudesto Loco more than most as he’s able to do his own good work without trying to go on a campaign to put Mensch or anyone else down.
Mensch adds value to the bring down Trump narrative, even though she may be wrong sometimes. Leaks are a slippery area & set-ups are common.
— Puesto Loco™ (@PuestoLoco) May 26, 2017
For those doing Trump Russia work just focus on that. You’ll get all due credit in time. But it’s not about individuals for most of us but getting to the bottom of Trump Russia. This rivalry stuff is counterproductive. Ok, end rant.
With this news Jared’s attorney sprung into action.
“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” said Jamie Gorelick, one of his attorneys.
“At the time of the December meetings, Trump already had won the election. Contacts between people on the transition team and foreign governments can be routine, but the meetings and phone calls with the Russians were not made public at the time.”
A few things though: Trump campaign officials were meeting with the Russians a lot before the election too.
Why would Trump campaign officials have any reason to be in constant touch with Russian government officials? Russians don't vote in US.
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) May 24, 2017
McFaul-who was Obama’s Ambassador to Russia-also points out that during Obama’s transition after 2008 election, he didn’t have anything like this volume of contacts with Russia. The volume and nature is what stands out.
McFaul also says this regarding all these ‘back channel’ meetings we’re always hearing about with Trump’s team and the Russians.
Presidents don't need back channels. Trump can call Putin anytime. & if looking for a POC in Kremlin for Kushner, it's not Gorkov. https://t.co/H1ZMgjKdl8
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) May 26, 2017
Kushner showed real naivete & inexperience in meeting with VEB head Gorkov to start a back channel to Putin. That's all … so far. https://t.co/J0fbZt2IoP
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) May 26, 2017
Another reason for suspicion with Jared’s Russian meetings: he like so many others on the Trump team-Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions, etc-hid these on his disclosure form.
“The New York Times reported that Kushner omitted from security-clearance forms his December meetings with Kislyak and Gorkov, though his attorney said that was mere error and he told the FBI soon after that he would amend the forms. The White House said that his meetings were normal and inconsequential.”
Yes, but why do so many in Trump’s orbit make this ‘mere error?’ The same exact mere error?
“This week, CNN also reported that Sessions omitted his contacts with Russian officials from a security clearance form when he was preparing to serve as the attorney general. This was the same information Sessions left out during his confirmation hearing, which eventually led him to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Sessions met with Kislyak twice before Trump stepped into office.”
As for the gloss-These were inconsequential meetings-two things:
1. First of all, that’s not the point. You’re supposed to disclose meetings not make your own discretionary judgement as to whether they were of consequence or not.
2. At this point who is willing to take anybody’s word on Team Trump on any hearsay claim? How many times have we heard a ‘back channel communication’ was totally innocent, hardly worth talking about and then we see the transcripts.
Like Roger Stone’s ‘innocuous’ conversation with Guccifer 2.0.
But speaking of Roger Stone, he’s in the news again. But that’s the subject of our next post.
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