Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Kushner - Rove

I often, during these Trump cabal absurdities and outrages, think of Karl Rove during that time when many of us were holding out hope that he would be doing a perp walk any minute now. It's a constant reminder to me that people in high political places do a lot of criminal and unethical things and rarely ever pay any appropriate price for it. Nixon got to resign. Reagan got away with illegal and covert taking of foreign money for a slush fund to overthrow the government of Nicaragua with no consequences to him whatsoever, and his lying subordinate, Oliver North, likewise suffered no consequences, after months of investigations. Criminal Dick Cheney got away with lying us into the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent worldwide damages that we're still feeling, and only his lackey Scooter Libby might have paid any price, but W Bush commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence.

[Jared] Kushner initially omitted the interaction with Veselnitskaya on his application for a security clearance, but included the meeting on a supplemental form.

The emails with Donald Trump Jr. about the Russian meeting were discovered as Kushner and his legal team prepared for his testimony before Congress as they were doing a document review, a source familiar with the process told CNN.

As soon as the document was discovered, Kushner's disclosure form was amended to include the meeting, the source said.

This means that Kushner's SF-86 changed a number of times: First, the inaccurate form, which left blank the foreign contacts section. Next (and the next day), the form was amended to say that he had multiple contacts and would disclose those. The process of gathering information progressed throughout the winter and spring. Then the form was amended yet again to include the Trump Jr. meeting as soon as it was discovered, a source with knowledge of the process told CNN.


But it remains unclear whether Kushner was briefed before the sit-down with Veselnitskaya.

According to Trump Jr.'s Sunday statement, he "asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance."

However, the emails shared by Trump Jr. on Tuesday indicate that he did not simply gather his father's top lieutenants without notice but rather that Kushner and Manafort were told about the meeting at least a day or two before it was scheduled to happen.

AS I understand it, Junior sent copies of the emails to Kushner and Manafort. If so, Kushner knew exactly what the meeting was supposed to be about: as Goldman said in the emails, Russia's attempts to help Trump in the campaign.
"If this were a normal political world, Jared Kushner wouldn't have a job by the end of the day. He would at least have his security clearance revoked," Sen. Murphy said.
Well, it is normal politics now. Completely incompetent and arguably criminal people are running our country.

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