Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
In a Vanity Fair feature about the quiet resurgence of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner in the administration, a surprising segment focuses on the relationship he’s cultivated with Van Jones.
Jones is a criminal justice reform advocate and prominent CNN host.
Vanity Fair reports:
“The Kushner-Jones alliance has infuriated some Republican members of the administration, especially Attorney General Jeff Sessions. ‘He hate, hate, hates it,’ a person close to Sessions said.”
Jones has offered qualified praise for Kushner.
“Jared and I have 99 problems but prison ain’t one,” he said. “I’ve found him to be effective, straightforward, and dogged.”
Kushner is reportedly pushing for a drastic increase in Trump pardons, some that, according to an unnamed source, “even Obama wouldn’t do.”
“[H]e’s exuding confidence now that his security clearance has been restored and he’s all but vanquished his foe [chief of staff John Kelly],” Vanity Fair explains.
Kushner is reportedly done being a “punch line,” even if that means manipulating the president into uncharted political territory.