Kushner’s Meeting with Gorkov-President of Sanctioned Russian Bank is Focus of Investigators
What did they talk about? Why did Kisylak reportedly want them to meet? It depends on who you ask:
“Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was looking for a direct line to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — a search that in mid-December found him in a room with a Russian banker whose financial institution was deeply intertwined with Russian intelligence, and remains under sanction by the United States.”
“Federal and congressional investigators are now examining what exactly Mr. Kushner and the Russian banker, Sergey N. Gorkov, wanted from each other. The banker is a close associate of Mr. Putin, but he has not been known to play a diplomatic role for the Russian leader. That has raised questions about why he was meeting with Mr. Kushner at a crucial moment in the presidential transition, according to current and former officials familiar with the investigations.”
“The New York Times first reported the meeting between Mr. Kushner and Mr. Gorkov in March, but the White House at the time did not explain its aim. That article quoted a White House spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, who said that the meeting came at the request of the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey I. Kislyak, with whom Mr. Kushner had met earlier in December at Trump Tower to discuss opening a communications channel with Russian officials during the presidential transition.”
“But the half-hour meeting with Mr. Gorkov since has come under increasing scrutiny. The current and former American officials now say it may have been part of an effort by Mr. Kushner to establish a direct line to Mr. Putin outside of established diplomatic channels.”
There are so many things potentially wrong with Jared’s meeting with Gorkov and Kisylak
1. Why would they want a back channel with Russia, especially one at the Russian embassy?!!
2. One President at a time. As Kushner was still a private citizen at this point it may well have been a violation of the Logan Act-about a big as one as you can imagine in talking about a back channel at the Russian embassy and potentially removing sanctions.
That’s one of the big questions for investigators: did Kushner and Gorkov discuss removing sanctions?
3. Did they discuss financing for Kushner or other members of his and Trump’s family?
4. For that matter did they discuss the obvious quid pro quo: financing for the Trump family in exchange for removing the sanctions, and other issues of concern to Russia-like weakening NATO as we are already seeing Trump do?
“The reasons the parties wanted a communications channel, and for how long they sought it, are also unclear. Several people with knowledge of the meeting with Mr. Kislyak, and who defended it, have said it was primarily to discuss how the United States and Russia could cooperate to end the civil war in Syria and on other policy issues. They also said the secure channel, in part, sought to connect Michael T. Flynn, a campaign adviser who became Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser, and military officials in Moscow.”
“Mr. Flynn attended the meeting at Trump Tower with Mr. Kislyak.”
This is what people who defend the meeting say. Don’t worry about that back channel, it was just to connect Flynn to Russian military officials. You know, that Mike Flynn, the one under FBI investigation Mike Flynn, Turkish agent Mike Flynn, five times on the phone with Kisylak the day Obama imposed sanctions for interfering with our election Mike Flynn.
Jared wasn’t doing anything bad just giving Mike Flynn a back channel with Russia where the US government couldn’t monitor him. Sounds legit-no possible legal problems that I can see. Anyone who does just has a dirty mind.
UPDATE: Claude Taylor just tweeted this:
Reminder-Flynn is talking and the Feds are listening. Who do you think he's delivering? Kushner for certain. But probably not just him.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) May 30, 2017
“Yet one current and one former American official with knowledge of the continuing congressional and F.B.I. investigations said they were examining whether the channel was meant to remain open, and if there were other items on the meeting’s agenda, including lifting sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russia in response to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its aggression in Ukraine.”
“During the Trump administration’s first week, administration officials said they were considering an executive order to unilaterally lift the sanctions, which bar Americans from providing financing to and could limit borrowing from Mr. Gorkov’s bank, Vnesheconombank. Removing the sanctions would have greatly expanded the bank’s ability to do business in the United States.”
“In a statement on Monday, Ms. Hicks said that “Mr. Kushner was acting in his capacity as a transition official” in meeting with the Russians. Mr. Kushner has agreed to be interviewed by congressional investigators about the meetings, she said.”
In his capacity as a transition official. Not as a rogue agent doing something against Donald Trump’s wishes.
We saw with Watergate how in the end Nixon sacrificed everyone who worked for him and was loyal to him to save his own skin. Will Trump be willing to do this to his own son-in-law? Will Ivanka ever speak to him again?
Ok so we have what the investigators say happened, what Hope Hicks and other Trump defends say-none of which is really very exculpatory-so let’s see what Gorkov and the sanctioned Russian bank have to say about it:
“In March, Mr. Gorkov said in a statement that his December meeting with Mr. Kushner was part of the bank’s strategy to discuss promising trends and sectors with influential financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States. That statement said he met with representatives of “business circles of the U.S., including with the head of Kushner Companies, Jared Kushner.” At the time, Mr. Kushner was still running the company, which is his family’s real estate business.”
“Vnesheconombank has not responded to questions about which other financial institutions and business leaders Mr. Gorkov met with while in the United States.”
So Gorkov is saying something 180 degrees from what Hope Hicks and friends are saying. He’s saying it was a purely business oriented meeting. So a high ranking Trump official was discussing business interests with a banker from a sanctioned Russian bank at the request of the Russian envoy.
Nothing to see here. Anyone who thinks differently must have a dirty mind.
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