Kushner… the story of the naughty, little dilettante prince who went to prison for a very long time

OK, so let’s talk about Trump political advisor Jared Kushner…

As you may have heard, toward the end of last week, things took a not so pleasant turn for America’s number one political dilettante, Jared Kushner, the son-in law of the President, and the man who, at the beginning of the Trump reign, many hoped might be a voice of reason in White House otherwise filled with lunatics. Just days after news broke that Trump’s campaign director, Paul Manafort, had been arrested and charged with 12 felony accounts, including “Conspiracy against the United States”which, let’s be honest, really doesn’t sound so good… word started spreading that the Mueller investigation was looking into the activities of the young presidential advisor and any role he may have played in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who, as you might recall, was forced from the Bureau shortly after refusing to swear his allegiance to Trump and kill the FBI’s Russia investigation. [The Trump administration, as you’ll recall, originally suggested that Comey had been fired at the suggestion of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. It was subsequently revealed, however, thanks in part to a draft memo authored by the President, that he was fired for not killing the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 election, something that Trump openly confessed to a Russian delegation visiting the White House the day that Comey’s employment with the FBI was terminated.]

Well, in the days since the Manafort arrest, it looks like things might have gotten worse for our ambitious, young presidential advisor. Not only are there stories circulating about members of Mueller’s team requesting and receiving documents from Kushner, but, now, thanks to the 13 million recently leaked international financial documents that are being referred to collectively as the Paradise Papers, we know that Kushner’s startup company, Cadre, was funded in part by Yuri Milner, a Russian investor – a fact that he’d previously neglected to mention to investigators. In fact, during a recent closed-door meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Kushner is said to have told members of the committee that he never “relied on Russian funds to finance (his) business activities in the private sector.”

Sadly, though, that’s not the worst of it for Kushner… No, it would appear that he’s also apparently fallen out of his father-in-law’s good graces…. Here, with more on that, is a clip from Vanity Fair.

…According to two sources, Trump has complained to advisers about his legal team for letting the Mueller probe progress this far. Speaking to Steve Bannon on Tuesday, Trump blamed Jared Kushner for his role in decisions, specifically the firings of Mike Flynn and James Comey, that led to Mueller’s appointment, according to a source briefed on the call. When Roger Stone recently told Trump that Kushner was giving him bad political advice, Trump agreed, according to someone familiar with the conversation. “Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history,” (former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg) said. “I’m only saying publicly what everyone says behind the scenes at Fox News, in conservative media, and the Senate and Congress.”

“Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg. “Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s fucked”…

So, if recent reports, like the one above, are to be believed, Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of Kushner, who, in his infinite wisdom, thought that doing so would bring a rapid end to the Russia investigation. Instead, however, it brought Mueller. And, now, as a result, we have Manafort under house arrest and a guilty plea from Trump’s former foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, who has admitted to having lied to investigators about Russian involvement in the 2016 election. And, now, it would appear that Mueller is coming directly at Kushner and other members of Trump’s inner circle.

Which brings us to today, and the fact that, as of this morning, Mueller has even more evidence to go after Kushner and company with. According to recent press reports, Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, didn’t just discuss U.S. policy regarding the adoption of Russian children, as we’d been told by those in attendance. No, according to Veselnitskaya, she and these members of Trump’s inner circle discussed the the Magnitsky Act sanctions that had frozen the assets of Russian oligarchs in the United States, and the possibility that Donald Trump, if elected president, might reverse them, assuming, of course, the Russians could provide dirt on Hillary Clinton that proved helpful to the campaign, a claim that, if proven true, would be a federal crime. [According to Renato Mariotti, the Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General, exchanging an “official act” for something of value, is considered “theft of honest services,” which is a felony.]

And all of this, I should add, comes on top of the fact that Kushner is already know to have lied repeatedly on his security clearance applications, neglecting to mention several meetings with Russians during the campaign, like the one with Veselnitskaya noted above, where an apparent “you give us dirt on Clinton, and we’ll lift the sanctions” quid pro quo was discussed.

So, where does this all leave us relative to Kushner? I’ll allow former DNC Chair Howard Dean to answer that… “I expect there’s a good likelihood Jared Kushner will be indicted for money laundering, and then we’re going to see how far this Russian involvement goes,” Dean said yesterday on MSNBC.

If I were a betting man, I’d say that Michael Flynn will go down next, as the prosecutors already apparently have a solid case against him, perhaps followed by Sam Clovis. Then, assuming Trump hasn’t already fired Mueller by that point, it’ll be either Donald Jr. or Kushner. If I had to guess, though, I’d say that Kushner will be the first family member to go down, as, in his case, investigators likely have hard evidence of Russian money being laundered and funneled into his American real estate company.

One last thing, Milner, the Russian who invested in Kushner’s company, also invested in both Twitter and Facebook. [We know this thanks to the Paradise Papers.] Make of that what you will.

[For more information on Kushner, check out the timeline at BillMoyers.com.]

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9 Comments

  1. Dave
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510311/embedded

    They are doing a series on Trump. The Oct 26th podcast is about Kushner leading up to the WH role…. a kind of character sketch.

  2. Kat
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Kushner’s father is either still in prison, or was in prison for a number of years. The family is slimy. Check this out.

    “Jared Kushner’s father Charles, a real estate magnate in New Jersey and New York, pleaded guilty to a tax fraud scheme in which he claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in phony deductions for office expenses at the partnerships he created to manage the apartment buildings he owned. Kushner, a major donor to the Democratic Party, also pleaded guilty to fraudulently making hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in the names of employees and associates who didn’t know their names were being used. Finally, Kushner pleaded guilty to retaliating against a cooperating witness in the case — his sister. He did so by setting a trap in which he hired a prostitute to lure his sister’s husband into a sexual encounter in a New Jersey hotel, where the action was secretly photographed and videotaped. Kushner sent the pictures and tape to his sister as revenge, apparently motivated by Kushner’s belief that she and her husband were helping U.S. Attorney Christie and his prosecutors.”

  3. Bob
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    He’s going to be very popular at federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison.

  4. Lynne
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I am already planning my schadenfreude party!

  5. 734
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to will myself to stay alive long enough to see them all prosecuted. Anger is the only thing keeping me going at this point.

  6. Jean Henry
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Jokes about prison rape are hysterical.
    It’s true I’m humorless.
    How else would I not see how funny that comment was, Bob?

  7. greater734
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    I had to read this sentence from David Ignatius several times yesterday: “The two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights, swapping stories and planning strategy.” The “two princes” in question are Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (the one who just put his rivals in Ritz-Carlton jail) and Jared Kushner. I think Mark is probably being subtle just like Ignatius, stating the tacit fact of Kushner’s de facto princeling status rather than calling attention to it with four alarm bells (i.e. who invited these tawdry folks to be our monarch overlords? what the fuck happened to our democracy?)

    Reading Ignatius on the Trump/Kushner angle on what’s happened in Saudi Arabia made me feel like this the moment we’ll look back on, when a very few families in Saudi Arabia, Russia, the US, and China officially took over the world. I’d much prefer, however and of course, that it were the first step in Jared’s perp walk.

  8. Bob
    Posted November 7, 2017 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s actually a reference to a movie by Mike Judge, one of our finest satirists. An artist who predicted the Trump era. It’s true you have no sense of humor. Sorry bro.

  9. Jean Henry
    Posted November 9, 2017 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    How would one distinguish that Mike Judge prison rape joke from all the other prison rape jokes, Bob? I’m sorry I’m missing the reflected brilliance in your comment. I don’t mind jokes many find offensive, so long as they are funny.

    In other news, Stephen Miller was interviewed by Mueller.
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/09/politics/stephen-miller-interviewed-special-counsel-russia-investigation/index.html

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