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Jared Kushner, Trump Adviser And Son-In-Law, Reported Under FBI Scrutiny In Russia Probe

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Jared Kushner, Trump Adviser And Son-In-Law, Reported Under FBI Scrutiny In Russia Probe

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Multiple news sources reported on Thursday evening that the FBI is closely examining Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner as a person of interest in its ongoing investigation of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election and related matters. Investigators are scrutinizing an extensive series of meetings that Kushner held with Russians, according to those news outlets, which quoted sources close to the probe.

The naming of Kushner follows a story that appeared in the Washington Post last week, which reported that a “senior White House official close to the president” had become an important focus of the investigation. Much speculation ensued that the high-level staffer might in fact be Kushher — who failed to report his post-election meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker with close ties to the Kremlin and its intelligence services.

None of the reports on Kushner indicated that he is currently a “target” of the Russia investigation, which appears to be heavily focused on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, and former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. And no evidence of wrongdoing has so far been adduced against Kushner, whose attorney Jamie Gorelick says he will cooperate fully with both the special counsel and the Senate Intelligence Committee investigations.

According to the Post, FBI investigators are looking at possible financial offenses beyond the scope of collusion between the Trump 2016 campaign and the Kremlin. But the paper’s sources would not discuss those potential crimes. None of the reports indicates that Kushner is a target, suspect or even a central focus of the investigation, however, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

Still, as columnist Aaron Blake noted in The Fix, Kushner’s familial relationship with Trump has raised questions — and eyebrows — from the first days of the new administration. His failure to fully divest from the Kushner companies and his family’s blatant attempts to cash in on its relationship with Trump — which embarrassed the president recently when Kushner’s sister Nicole Meyer sought to raise financing from Chinese investors — have put Ivanka’s husband under a harsh spotlight that investigators cannot ignore.

CBS News confirmed late Thursday that Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is under scrutiny in the FBI's probe of Russian election meddling and any connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.

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A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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24 Comments

  1. FireBaron May 26, 2017

    Frankly, the spotlight isn’t harsh enough. Just like cockroaches, we need to shine the light on them to drive them away.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker May 26, 2017

      You are just too kind. All I smell is the rank odor of skunk after it has sprayed to mark its territory.

      Trump is coaching Kushner to run for president. He is the best Trump Organization bet for keeping the profits rolling in. Trump knows his sons are dipshits who can’t do more than follow orders. Kushner is more educated and to Trump, an attractive guy “who fits the role” as he said of some of his appointees.

  2. Dominick Vila May 26, 2017

    Let’s not get our hopes up. Kushner is only a person of interest for the FBI. He is going to be questioned because of his participation in meetings with individuals implicated in the Flynn, Manafort, and Page investigations. No evidence of wrongdoing has been presented, or even suggested, against Kushner.
    I really don’t expect anything damaging out of all this. At most, the findings will indicate that Trump and some of his associates acted recklessly, but without malice. Flynn is the only one that may be in trouble because of his failure to notify the Pentagon that he was a lobbyist for foreign governments and paying paid for it. Manafort was/is a lobbyist, but that is not a crime. Roger Stone is just an old fashioned swindler. I wonder how he knew what Wikileaks was going to release in advance…

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    1. idamag May 26, 2017

      As bad as what you say hurts, you are in all probability, right.

      1. Dominick Vila May 27, 2017

        The latest revelation, involving Kushner asking the Russian Ambassador if they could use Russian cryptographic mediums to communicate with the Kremlin during the 2016 campaign is, by far, the most damaging claim made to date. I think we should be cautious about this, however. The fact that the Russian Ambassador discussed this request via an open medium with the Kremlin, knowing that his communication was going to be intercepted, suggests that he may have done this to create havoc in the USA, which seems to be the Russians’ ultimate goal.

    2. cthetruth May 26, 2017

      Kushner did not disclose his meetings with Russia.

      1. Dominick Vila May 27, 2017

        Not revealing contacts with foreign individuals and organizations in the security clearance application is a felony. BTW, Kushner is not the only one guilty of that, AG Sessions did the same. The latter also lied under oath.

        1. cthetruth May 27, 2017

          From my point of view,Trump belongs in that group. When he placed his hands on the Bible and took his oath of office, he promised to uphold the Constitution and protect the United States and her people. Not Russia! In addition to that accusing a sitting President of wire tapping (his words)when proven false, if I am not mistaken is a felony. He has committed so many offenses and lies he is unworthy of this Presidency. Also there are more ways than one to rig an election and if what was done here is proven to be true than this election should be invalid and his Presidency illigitimate.
          P.S. Pence also lied when he went on national T.V. and said there was no communication with the Russians from Trump or his team.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker May 26, 2017

    Kushner has so obviously been silenced by Trump. That IS how Trump always operates. He demands loyalty. Is that what Obama should have done? Why is it Trump needs “loyalty?”

    I’ll tell you why. To Trump, “loyalty” means secrecy in all he does. That is how he always gets away with everything no one else would be allowed to.

    The Republicans are so desperate to squelch the Russian hacking that they are now trying to push the idea that a foreign government meddling in our elections isn’t a crime.

    Oh no? Check the U.S. Constitution.

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    1. idamag May 26, 2017

      The Constitution means nothing to the republicans. Remember the gangster leader said it was archaic.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker May 26, 2017

        It may mean nothing to the Republicans but it does to the state AGs in this country and the US Board of Ethics.

        Not even Trump can control all 50 state AGs some of whom are already coordinating their cases against Trump, like NY’s Ag, Eric Schneiderman who is investigating Trump for RICO racketeeting.

      2. Joycejprendergast May 27, 2017

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    2. idamag May 26, 2017

      I used to be in management. I never demanded loyalty. I gave loyalty and I got loyalty in return.

  4. rhetoric_phobic May 26, 2017

    Has anyone ever actually heard Kushner speak?

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    1. dpaano May 26, 2017

      No, he’s been too busy trying to bring about world peace (just ONE of the many jobs that Trump has given him)!

    2. Eleanore Whitaker May 26, 2017

      When Trump is your KING and RULER, you voluntarily offer to have your vocal chords surgically removed.

      1. Dapper Dan May 26, 2017

        Can’t we ask the same of Trump ? ????

        1. Eleanore Whitaker May 26, 2017

          Wouldn’t I love that? rofl. My Mom hauled me down to Atlantic City when the Taj Mahal first opened. The Trump casino on the marina was already built and it was only able to be built by paying Atlantic City officials under the table to zone the area “blighted” and take it by eminent domain. These were peoples’ homes they’d lived in for three or more generations.

          When Trump bought the old Steel Pier where the Diving Horse show was held, he immediately built his own private helicopter pad there. Needless to say, those of us in Central NJ saw that big grey helicopter ferrying his high roller out of NY City. You couldn’t miss that behemoth because the letters, “TRUMP” written on the exterior of the helicopter was almost the size of the entire body.

          Anyway, the day we were in AC, we saw Trump’s helicopter landing. Immediately, he and several of his Middle Eastern high rollers got into a black limo to drive less than a block from the heliport to the Taj Mahal.

          Lard Ass and his guests exited the limo, he waits until a crowd gathered and then did his usual show off routine before heading into a private entrance with his guests.

          The guy is like a camera hog who is addicted.

          1. cthetruth May 26, 2017

            He skimmed off the top until he could no longer meet his obligations. My friends lost millions when he went bankrupt. People say they want a businessman to run the country.This is not a businessman, this is a crook. I do not aspire to do business the way he does. He is in debt to Russia and the faster he is impeached the better off this country will be. Lock them all up and that includes Jared who is another crook.

  5. idamag May 26, 2017

    Now we know what would happen to the government if the mob took control.

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    1. Dapper Dan May 26, 2017

      Kremlin, Mob its all the same and yes they’ve infiltrated the highest office of this country

    2. cthetruth May 26, 2017

      The mob did take control! The Russian mob.

  6. dpaano May 26, 2017

    This is getting more and more interesting…..I can’t wait to see where it all ends up!

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker May 26, 2017

      At this point, it is beginning to sound as if the entire Republican Party has but to slip a few bucks under the table and they can buy all the silence and sabotage they want.

      I have no idea how they got such control over the entire country. But when I listen to them on CSpan in Congressional Sessions, I see what they are after: The United States of Ultra Con Republicans.

      At no other time in history, did a single political party EVER dare to manipulate elections like the GOP has done.

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