Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Russia Meetings
At least no one can claim he’s not a senior enough person to worry about.
Kushner-Trump’s son-in-law-like so many Trumpsters is being questioned over contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak
“Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, according to administration and congressional officials.”
“The White House Counsel’s Office was informed this month that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, wanted to question Mr. Kushner about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, according to the government officials. The meetings included a previously unreported sit-down with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank.”
“Until now, the White House had acknowledged only an early December meeting between Mr. Kislyak and Mr. Kushner, which occurred at Trump Tower and was also attended by Michael T. Flynn, who would briefly serve as the national security adviser.”
Yes, with Michael Flynn, Mr. Lock Her Up-who was actually at the time-a foreign agent of Turkey, and was being paid by Russia, and who the WH is now making a fall guy and may now be cooperating with the FBI.
That Michael Flynn-and Jared Kushner-met with Kislyak who as another Trumpster said ‘This guy is everywhere.’
“Later that month, though, Mr. Kislyak requested a second meeting, which Mr. Kushner asked a deputy to attend in his stead, officials said. At Mr. Kislyak’s request, Mr. Kushner later met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, which the United States placed on its sanctions list after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia annexed Crimea and began meddling in Ukraine.”
Now that almost sounds to me to be Carter Page territory-is it not? I mean is it legal for an American citizen to be doing business with a bank the US government is sanctioning?
Carter page for his part received and offer to change the RNC platform in exchange for 19% of the state oil company, Rosnet.
“A White House spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, confirmed those meetings, saying in an interview that nothing of consequence was discussed and that they went nowhere. Mr. Gorkov, who previously served as deputy chairman of the board at Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, could not be reached for comment.”
Yes that’s what they always say-‘Nothing of consequence, nothing to see here, totally banal.’ We already see what Roger Stone calls a banal conversation with Guccifer 2.0-spoiler alert: it was anything but banal.
“Members of presidential transition teams routinely meet with foreign officials, and there is nothing inherently improper about sitting down with the Russian ambassador. Part of Mr. Kushner’s role during the campaign and the transition was to serve as a chief conduit to foreign governments and officials, and Ms. Hicks said he met with dozens of officials from a wide range of countries.”
Still, the Trump transition team seems to have set records for talking to Russia and the Russian ambassador. And it there nothing improper about meeting with someone who runs a bank that was sanctioned?
Today, Trump wanted the headlines to be about Kushner running that new office of his. Instead Kushner’s name is all over the media for other reasons. It also occurs to me that Kushner’s testimony could also give us more info on the violations of the Emolument Clause that his being in the WH creates every day.
“Mr. Kushner had not yet stepped aside as chief executive of Kushner Companies, his family’s real estate empire, and was trying to attract investment for the company’s crown jewel, an overleveraged Manhattan office tower on Fifth Avenue. He was in the midst of negotiations to redevelop the building with Anbang Insurance Group, a Chinese company with ties to the Beijing government.”
“Senate investigators plan to ask Mr. Kushner if he discussed ways to secure additional financing for the building during his meeting with the Russian banker, a government official said. Ms. Hicks said that no such business was discussed at the half-hour session, during which Mr. Gorkov expressed a desire for an open dialogue. Nor did the issue of the American sanctions against Russian entities like Vnesheconombank arise, she added. “It really wasn’t much of a conversation,” she said.
That’s what Roger Stone said about Guccifer 2.0: totally banal. Next thing you know, Guccifer 2.0 bragged about having hacked the FEC system.
Again, we’re just over two months in. How is this sustainable?
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