No ‘Traitor’ is not Too Strong a Word for Jared Kushner
For about seven months, Democrats like me have used the T word-treason. For most of the time the MSM has not wanted to entertain anything like that.
It’s very early. His base still supports him.
Then John Brennan went there this week and used the T word: treason. That’s potentially what we’re now talking about. For folks like Mike Flynn, Carter Page, Paul Manafort and now Jared Kushner.
Now we’re hearing another T word: traitor. This is being applied to Trump’s son in law. I was just watching MSNBC. A bunch of talking heads are acting like Kushner-Trump’s son in law-might have talked to Kisylak without Trump’s knowledge and maybe even against his will.
Boy I’d like the other side of that bet.
In any case, these new revelations about Kushner seeking a ‘back channel’ with the Russians-something no Presidential Administration needs unless they are up to something pretty bad-are being seen as a game changer by many in the intelligence community.
@NatashaBertrand They have never said why they needed to communicate with the kremlin so urgently.
— Bonniecat (@bonnieeyonkers) May 26, 2017
For starters-to discuss removing the sanctions.
“Secret” meaning “not subject to monitoring by the US government.” Anybody got an innocent explanation for that? https://t.co/qFnGjtNuGK
— David Frum (@davidfrum) May 26, 2017
So yes, they are using the T word-traitor.
Another CIA vet: If you do what Kushner reportedly did, "you are, in the eyes of the FBI and CIA, a traitor." https://t.co/FdUCmgGE1f
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) May 27, 2017
“GOOD GRIEF. This is serious,” said Bob Deitz, a veteran of the NSA and the CIA who worked under the Clinton and Bush administrations.
“This raises a bunch of problematic issues. First, of course, is the Logan Act, which prohibits private individuals conducting negotiations on behalf of the US government with foreign governments,” Deitz said. “Second, it tends to reinforce the notion that Trump’s various actions about [fired FBI Director James] Comey do constitute obstruction.”
“In other words, there is now motive added to conduct,” Deitz noted. “This is a big problem for the President.”
“If you are in a position of public trust, and you talk to, meet, or collude with a foreign power” while trying to subvert normal state channels, “you are, in the eyes of the FBI and CIA, a traitor,” said Glenn Carle, a former top counterterrorism official at the CIA. “That is what I spent my life getting foreigners to do with me, for the US government.”
Carle noted that, if the Kushner-Kislyak meeting and reported discussion were an isolated incident, then it could be spun as “normal back-channel communication arrangements among states.”
It doesn’t seem like an isolated incident. At the meeting, Jared reportedly wanted to set up a back channel going forward-either at the Russian embassy(!) or in another country. This idea about another country seems to have eventually evolved into Erik Prince’s February meeting with Kisylak and the UAE in Seychelles.
“If Jared Kushner was trying to set up a back channel with the Russians, doesn’t that mean he wasn’t colluding with them?” a White House official said in response to the story, according to CNN.
Uh-what? Does this White House official know what collusion is?
“But Kislyak and the Trump campaign interacted extensively, and Trump associates either kept those interactions secret from US officials or misrepresented them, as was the case with Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign in February for similar reasons.”
“Reuters reported earlier this month that Flynn and Kislyak also spoke about setting up a secret back channel during the transition between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin “that could bypass the US national security bureaucracy.”
“We know about the multiple meetings of Trump entourage members with Russian intel-related individuals,” Carle said. “There will be many others that we do not know about.” He noted that while this reported back channel is “explosive,” it is worth questioning who planted the story — The Post reportedly received an anonymous letter in December tipping them off to the Kushner-Kislyak meeting.”
Many others that we don’t know about.
Who planted it? Probably someone very concerned about what they were seeing and hearing. But Carle is suggesting it could be something else.
“Additionally, as a longtime diplomat, Kislyak would have known that his communications were being monitored. So the possibility remains, Carle said, that the Russians used the meeting with Kushner to distract the intelligence community and the public from potentially more incriminating relationships between the campaign and Moscow.”
“Indeed, Kushner also met with the CEO of Russia’s state-owned Vnesheconombank, Sergey Gorkov, in December 2016, The New York Times reported in late March. The meeting — which had not previously been disclosed and came on the heels of Kushner’s meeting with Kislyak at Trump Tower — caught the eye of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether any members of Trump’s campaign were complicit.”
“Kislyak reportedly orchestrated the meeting between Kushner and Gorkov, who was appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 2016 as part of a restructuring of the bank’s management team, Bloomberg reported last year.”
The Kremlin and the White House have provided conflicting explanations for why Kushner met with Gorkov.”
Regarding Gorkov, it’s arguable the lede is being buried:
— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) May 27, 2017
Amy Siskind is right:
It's quid pro quo folks. FINALLY makes sense. Trump relaxes sanctions and Russian banks finance Trump regime deals. Happening already. ????
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) May 27, 2017
It is happening. You only had to watch that NATO meeting on Thursday to see that Russia is being repaid very handsomely for their investment.
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