Jared Kushner’s Role in Comey Firing Now Takes on a New Light
Regarding the Kushner bombshell, it’s only fair to take a step back. When folks like Louise Mensch or the Palmer Report claimed that Trump’s kids are in trouble it was laughed off as wild conspiracies from liberals.
“More than a month ago, Palmer Report brought you the news of a credible report citing multiple members of Donald Trump’s family having been caught up in the Trump-Russia scandal, with their incriminating calls having been intercepted in the process. This evening it’s being widely reported that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has indeed been caught up in precisely that fashion.”
“We point this out not to say “we told you so” but instead to share with you the other half of this story that hasn’t yet broken. Our article dated April 22nd reported that multiple members of the Trump family had been intercepted committing illegal activities (link). Tonight’s report from Reuters reveals that Kushner was indeed intercepted making phone calls to the Russian Ambassador during the campaign and potentially discussing illegal financing in exchange for sanctions relief (link). This is enough for us to believe that tonight’s story is in fact confirmation of last month’s report.”
They won’t say they told you so-but I am on their behalf!
The larger point is that this keeps happening. Yesterday’s conspiracy theory becomes today’s accepted body of facts.
Remember what Keynes said-First they laugh at you and then they claim you said nothing new.
Mensch et al: My sources tell me it will rain Tuesday. Tuesday: Any day now. Wednesday: I'm told there was a delay. Thursday: I was right!
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) May 26, 2017
Nyhan as a member of the NYT,would do better to worry about their own many failures-like ‘the FBI sees no clear ties to Russia’ on October 31 three days after they did carpet bombing reporting on Comey-Emailgate.
As for Kushner, Ryan Lizza makes a very good point: Kushner’s aggressive advocating for Comey’s firing takes on a whole new complexion in light of what we now know of the FBI’s interest in Kushner.
“One of the overlooked aspects of yesterday’s news that the F.B.I. is interested in Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, is that Kushner played a role in the firing of James Comey, the former F.B.I. director. Kushner is not formally a target of the F.B.I.’s sprawling investigation, but I was reminded of his role in Comey’s removal while discussing Kushner with a person close to Comey. The former F.B.I. director is known to have drafted a series of memos about his interactions with Trump, and—importantly—with other White House and Administration officials. Whether Kushner is mentioned in the Comey memos is not known. The source close to Comey offered a terse “no comment” when I asked about additional details, but the point is that Comey was aware of and carefully documenting how the White House reacted to him and his Russia investigation. “That’s a memo-driven place,” the source said.
The question is, then-did Kushner himself engage in obstruction of justice?
Felonies regardless of any collusion:
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 27, 2017
Yes-except maybe Kushner also has done Obstruction of Justice as he was a person of interest.
Trump can’t go to jail until/unless he’s impeached and forced to resign. Once out of office he in theory can be though we saw what happened with Ford and Nixon.
Parenthetically-Trump can be indicted as we saw with Nixon. But that wouldn’t mean prison.
But Kushner has no such immunity. So what’s next for Kushner? We heard earlier in the week about a ‘war room’ being setup-patterned on the old Clinton war room in the 1990s-and that it would be run by Bannon, Priebus and Kushner.
How can he run the war room now with his own major role in this?
“Russia scandal casts uncertainty over Kushner’s future role.”
“Trump’s son-in-law, who’s long been above White House infighting, now has to defend his position in the West Wing.”
Let’s face it-there must be a whole lot of schadenfreude going on among the WH staff. I mean Jared sounds like the kind of guy most of us would hate working with. He’s a pure legacy and therefore is above accountability as he’s the bosses son in law. But he, of course, gets to play the big shot and hold others accountable.
We know that the other staffers were mocking his absurdly ambitious portfolio-peace in the Middle East, trade deals with Mexico, healthcare, and streamlining govt.
Now Mr. Richie Rich finally has to face the music.
I’m sure some in the WH are enjoying it.
“Once the untouchable son-in-law in a White House where top aides jockey for the president’s ear, Jared Kushner has now been cast in a new role: reassuring people that he’s not going to resign, while colleagues question whether he can survive politically.”
“It’s clear that Jared Kushner will be under intense scrutiny at a time when his father-in-law has named him everything but Chief Cook and Bottle Washer,” said Democratic strategist David Axelrod, a former top White House adviser to President Barack Obama. “It’s bad for the prospects of calm at the White House.
“A senior administration official said there was widespread concern, predating the foreign trip, that Kushner was in trouble – but “no one that I know has been asked to provide documents” and that it wasn’t talked about openly in the White House or staff meetings.”
“But outside of Kushner’s small circle of trust – a group that includes Kushner’s wife Ivanka Trump, and advisers Hope Hicks, Josh Raffel, Dina Powell, Gary Cohn, Chris Liddell and Reed Cordish – many West Wing advisers are simultaneously rattled by the backchannel revelations, and feeling a sense of schadenfreude.”
“The focus on a family member also brings the Russia-related heat closer to Trump. Kushner has risen so quickly in the White House that his colleagues grumble about “principal confusion” — when a staffer thinks that the reflected spotlight of the boss is actually shining on him. Colleagues have rolled their eyes that Kushner has hired a communications adviser to work on his own portfolio. That aide, Raffel, traveled abroad with him to Riyadh, Jerusalem and Rome.”
“Kushner, who some say has sealed himself off from the competing White House power centers, may now be in a position of needing allies. And the pool of people in New York City eager to come to his defense has shrunk.”
“Internally at the White House, according to multiple sources, there is a feeling of resentment among people about Kushner’s special status as a family member, and a feeling that it’s about time for him to have a turn under the gun.
There is also a sense of uncertainty about how long Kushner and Ivanka Trump – who associates say likes, but doesn’t love, Washington – are planning to stick it out. Some have noted that they rent their Kalorama mansion, which allows them to keep their options of moving back to Manhattan more open.
“But for now, according to a person familiar with the situation, Kushner isn’t going anywhere.”
On the one hand how does Trump fire him? What would Invanka say then? On the other hand maybe Kushner and Ivanka have already put it out that they will assess how long they stay there every six months. This six month stretch would take them to July, Maybe they pullback after that.
Of course, keeping Kushner there only keeps the story front and center.
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