If Kushner Story is True, it’s Espionage; They Haven’t Denied it’s True
John Schindler lays it out pretty starkly:
Again: Any WH using HoIS communications is not a "back-channel" — it is ESPIONAGE. WH still hasn't denied. This isn't complicated, folks.
— John Schindler (@20committee) May 27, 2017
Indeed, there have been no denials.
“Top presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s legal team pushed back Friday night against a report that the White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law had at least three undisclosed contacts with a Russian ambassador during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, saying he had “no recollection” of the alleged exchanges.”
“Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described,” Kushner’s lawyer Jamie Gorelick told POLITICO in a statement, responding to a Reuters report about Kushner’s contacts with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
“We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information,” Gorelick added.
“But Kushner’s legal team was silent about other reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law sought to establish a secret line of communications with the Kremlin. The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the reports.”
“An array of former intelligence and national security officials reacted with astonishment to the report, stressing the seriousness of Kushner’s reported actions.”
“Hard to fully convey the gravity of this,” said Susan Hennessey, a national security fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former lawyer for the National Security Agency, of the Washington Post report. “Unthinkable Kushner could stay in the White House,” she added.
“GOOD GRIEF. This is serious,” Bob Deitz, an NSA and Central Intelligence Agency veteran who worked in both Clinton and Bush administrations, told Business Insider of the attempt to establish secretive Russian communications. “This is a big problem for the President.”
The Democratic National Committee called on President Donald Trump to “immediately fire” Kushner.
“Trump has no choice but to immediately fire Kushner, whose failure to report this episode on his security clearance is reason enough for a criminal investigation,” the DNC said in a statement.
What did the so-called President know and when did the so-called President know it?
The committee also questioned to what extent Trump was aware of Kushner’s attempts to establish direct channels with Russia.
“The next question is whether the president authorized this, because no one stands between Trump and Kushner in the chain of command,” they said.
“Hennessey, echoing the DNC, also questioned to what degree the president may have been aware of Kushner’s reported actions.”
“The most significant question seems to be whether Trump was aware of and/or directed Jared and Flynn’s contacts w/ Kisylak,” she said.
As to Kushner leaving the WH, Trump will certainly not want to hear that. Indeed, we hear about his ‘war room’ and it’s being led by Kushner, along with Bannon and Reince Priebus.
More on the ‘war room.’
“A person in regular touch with the White House said it needed a different structure to focus on the “new reality” that there would be continued leaks to the media from the law enforcement and intelligence communities, leaks that have increased in frequency since Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey on May 9.”
“Since the firing of Comey, that really exposed the fact that the White House in its current structure … is not prepared for really a one-front war, let alone a two-front war,” the person said. “They need to have a structure in place that allows them to stay focused” while “also truly fighting back on these attacks and these leaks.”
Maybe now Trump gets why you don’t declare war on the FBI-as firing Comey was definitely taken.
Kushner certainly needs to leave the WH. Some will argue we haven’t seen the primary documents yet but we’ve seen this movie before with Flynn after being informed he was under FBI investigation was still allowed to handle classified information.
The fact that Kushner is under FBI scrutiny whether or not it’s technically under investigation, coupled with the new info we have on his meetings-even if not wholly verified yet-are enough to say he can’t be handling classified info of any size, shape, or form.
Remember he didn’t come in with clean hands as he was misleading on his clearance application.
No, we will get to the bottom of it and like anyone else he deserves his day in court so to speak but in the mean time he can’t be trusted with classified information. That must stop ASAP.
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