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Jared Kushner on a Mission to Increase Legal Immigration

President Trump was elected because many Americans thought the culture and the country they know was changing so fast that it was disappearing.

Part of this was a concern not just with the massive amount of illegal immigration, but the unending flow of legal immigrants, at about one million per year, who must be absorbed into the culture.

Sure, the Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers want more cheap labor. But average Americans are smarter and understand that you can’t kill the goose that keeps laying the golden eggs.

At some point, if you don’t protect the culture, you get a country that doesn’t fully appreciate or understand it and starts calling for things like, you know, socialism. I doubt that Chamber of Commerce is going to like that very much.

Oh, wait. Maybe “some point” is NOW.

According to Politico:

Even as President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the southern border, his administration is quietly working on a plan to expand some forms of legal immigration into the U.S.  Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been working for months on a proposal that could increase the number of low- and high-skilled workers admitted to the country annually, four people involved in the discussions told POLITICO.

The low-profile effort to allow more legal immigrants into the U.S. cuts a stark contrast to Trump’s increasingly dramatic efforts to curb illegal immigration, an issue he speaks about daily and describes as a national crisis. But Trump himself has publicly said he also supports higher levels of legal immigration, a priority generally supported by a business community short on skilled workers. 

The effort began in January when Kushner started to convene a series of meetings with dozens of advocacy groups, including business and agriculture organizations. Some, though not all of them, openly support the expansion of legal immigration. It has continued in recent weeks with a smaller four-person White House working group led by Kushner, and could generate a proposal for Congress by summer.

Jared Kushner Got Woman Freed Under First Step Act a Job at Walmart

Weird. I haven’t seen anything in the mainstream press about this.

Did Trump’s son-in-law do something nice for someone? Does President Trump know about this? Surely he’ll put a stop to it.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Catherine Toney began February in prison and ended the month with a job at Walmart after White House adviser Jared Kushner called the Arkansas-based retailer on her behalf.

Toney, 55, is believed to be the first woman freed by the First Step Act, which President Trump signed in December. She was released Feb. 1 after serving 16 years, benefiting from the law’s retroactive crack cocaine sentence reductions. Toney will join Trump on Monday for an event celebrating the criminal justice reform law, his first major bipartisan policy achievement. Other recently released inmates were invited to attend.

Toney met Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and an architect of the reform law, on Feb. 21 when she attended a White House Black History Month event. Kushner asked about Toney’s plans — and she said she wanted to work at the Walmart in Daphne, Ala. He volunteered to call Walmart for her, according to Toney and two others in the room.

“He promised me he was going to do it,” Toney said. One day later, she got a call from a woman named Becky at Walmart’s corporate office, saying that Kushner had called, and that the company wanted to help. “I went to the White House, but I came home to nothing, not anything at all. By him calling corporate himself, he made sure I got in this Walmart where I asked,” Toney said. “He was a man of his word and he did what he said he would.”

Trump Considering Kushner for Chief of Staff

Not great news for the Trump Revolution.

Kushner will add all sorts of moderates, globalists, and Neocons to the staff and won’t fully understand the need to energize the base that elected President Trump in the first place. 

What’s more, he hasn’t exactly shown a deft touch to keeping himself clean when it comes to federal regulations, and possibly even federal laws. Might not be the right guy for an impeachment struggle.

According to the Huffington Post:

Having run through his first choices for his chief of staff vacancy without any luck, President Donald Trump is considering his own son-in-law for the job.

Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka and already an official White House adviser, met with Trump Wednesday about the job, a top Republican close to the White House told HuffPost. He and two others close to Trump or the White House who confirmed Kushner’s interest in the position did so on condition of anonymity to discuss the president’s staffing considerations freely.

Kushner has been pushing his own candidacy with Trump, citing his work on a criminal justice reform package and a claimed ability to work with Democrats, one person said. “I don’t know why he thinks that, when the Democrats are mainly going to be coming after Trump,” the source said.

The White House did not respond to HuffPost’s queries about Kushner’s prospects for the job.

Trump told reporters Thursday that he is down to five finalists. “We are interviewing people now for chief of staff,” he said at a photo opportunity with newly elected governors who were visiting the White House.

Growing Talk that Donald Trump Jr. Will be Indicated

Two leading legal experts said Robert Mueller appears to be zeroing in on an indictment of Donald Trump Jr.

“He’s probably been told by the prosecutors that he’s a target. That means that there’s — unless you’re going to cooperate, there’s going to be an indictment very likely following,” Nixon White House Counsel John Dean told CNN Wednesday said of Trump’s son. “He’s not been called in front of a grand jury. That’s another sign that he’s being treated at arm’s length. So he’s got jeopardy.

Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano also predicted Wednesday the Donald Trump Jr. may be on Mueller’s list. Dean speculated that Trump son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner may also get indicted by Mueller.

Ann Coulter Thinks Jared Kushner Authored the Anonymous NYTs Op-Ed

Conservative provocateur Ann Coulter said in an interview with the Daily Beast that First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner is the likely author of the infamous New York Times op-ed asserting that the adults in the administration are checking President Trump’s worst impulses.

The reason, she reasons, is that he and Ivanka need to get back in good graces with their elitist crowd in New York.

“Because he and Ivanka are going to have to go back to the Upper East Side and go to the Hamptons,” Coulter explains. “They’re probably worried that Trump will be removed within the next few years. They had just gone to the McCain funeral, and [the op-ed] was right after Labor Day, so they were probably feeling wistful for the Hamptons. And the only way they can get back in is if they can say, ‘Don’t worry, we’re the ones who stopped the wall.’”

Granted, there are going to be vicious scenes around the punch bowl involving the Kushners and other guests at Long Island parties for at least a few years. But I don’t think Kushner wrote the piece.

Coulter, of course, is no fan of Kushner, who is just the sort of cosmopolitan elitist she loathes. The Beast notes that in her most recent book, she writes about what actually would be obstruction by a president – as opposed, I imagine, to firing someone who works for you like the FBI director – using a Kushner assassination fantasy.

“If Trump realized that Jared Kushner was ruining his presidency and shot him, and then he fired the U.S. attorney investigating the crime, that would be a textbook case of obstruction of justice,” Coulter writes. “If he offered to pardon witnesses in exchange for their agreement to blame Steve Bannon for shooting Kushner—again: excellent example of obstruction of justice … But Trump hasn’t shot Kushner, and he probably won’t, since he doesn’t even realize that Kushner is wrecking his presidency.”

This presupposes that he would need to obstruct justice in the first place. I mean, given how New Yorkers feel about Kushner, Trump could probably stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot him and get away with it.

Kushner Gets His Security Clearance

Finally, he will be able to create peace in the Middle East.

I’m being sarcastic, but who knows? Obviously, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians needs, uh, a fresh perspective.

Apparently, he also recently sat for about six or seven hours of questioning by Robert Mueller. That he got the security clearance anyway is interesting, because if there were evidence of some kind of questionable activity, this clearance might not have moved forward.

That Sinking Feeling

The raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s offices is a profound event.

Cohen is Trump’s tough-talking, slightly shady-seeming attorney. He knows where Trump buries the bodies. And if he doesn’t cave and testify himself, lots of information about Trump may be on his electronic gadgets, all of which were seized.

The entire Russia investigation was built on a house of cards. But a house of cards can turn out to have a pretty strong foundation. Trump’s opponents decided there was “collusion” and generated enough of an outcry to make it an issue, even though there was no evidence of anything of the sort. And there still isn’t, at least not that’s been made public.

The problem for Trump was the appointment of a special prosecutor. The reason we don’t give prosecutors unlimited money and time, which a “special” prosecutor has – because he is special – is that our system is supposed to be biased in favor of the defendant, who is presumed innocent.

A prosecutor with unlimited resources will find deep corruption within every organization ever run by Mother Theresa. To put it another way, if you spend all day performing a colonoscopy on a 71-year-old man, particularly one involved in real estate and construction all his life, you are bound to find some polyps.

The appointment of a special prosecutor stemmed from Trump’s own impetuous effort to cleanse himself of the Russia investigation – and some bad advice by Jared Kushner – by firing James Comey as FBI director. In doing so, he involved Attorney General Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a letter supporting the move.

Rosenstein, a veteran member of the Deep State who had always been in ensconced there in good standing, suddenly looked like a Trump lackey. Whether to save his reputation or because he was now involved in firing the man who was investigating the Russia collusion – I believe it was for both reasons – Rosenstein felt he had to recuse himself after Sessions did and hired a special prosecutor. – Sessions had felt he had to recuse himself because he was part of the campaign.

The Deep State may have its revenge. Democrats may be permitted to undermine the election. But Special Prosecutor Mueller, in his orderly, methodical, Boy Scout manner, is playing with fire.

Those who elected Trump exactly because of people like Rosenstein and Mueller will not be happy.

White House Investigating Jared Kushner

The White House? Yes, the White House.

From the Wall Street Journal:

White House attorneys are examining whether two loans totaling more than $500 million to Jared Kushner’s family business may have violated any criminal laws or federal ethics regulations, according to a letter from a federal ethics agency made public Monday.

The Office of Government Ethics told a Democratic lawmaker in the letter that the White House is probing whether a $184 million loan from the real-estate arm of Apollo Global Management LLC and a $325 million loan from Citigroup Inc. may have run afoul of the rules and laws governing the conduct of federal employees.

Both loans went to the Kushner Cos., the private real-estate company founded by Mr. Kushner’s father and run by members of his family. Mr. Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and serves in a senior position in the White House, met with top executives of both Citi and Apollo before each loan was disbursed.

“I have discussed this matter with the White House Counsel’s Office in order to ensure that they have begun the process of ascertaining the facts necessary to determine whether any law or regulation has been violated,” wrote David Apol, the acting director of the Office of Government Ethics. “During that discussion, the White House informed me that they had already begun this process.”

An attorney for Mr. Kushner, Abbe Lowell, said that after the initial reporting on the loans, “the White House counsel concluded there was were no issues involving Jared.”

Mr. Lowell added that Mr. Kushner “was not involved with his former company after he entered government service; the transactions in question came after that; he had nothing to do with those transactions; the transactions had nothing to do with any of his meetings in the White House, and the people from the companies involved have confirmed that as well.”

Ivanka and Jared Safe After Helicopter Experiences Engine Failure

According to CNN: A helicopter carrying Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had to return to an airport in Washington on Thursday after one of its engines failed, two law enforcement sources told CNN. President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law were flying from Washington to New York on Thursday afternoon in a two-engine helicopter when one engine… Continue Reading

Kushner Security Clearance Downgraded

Hmm. Not sure how you negotiate peace in the Middle East without such clearance. And BTW, Ivanka may well have SCI clearance, which means she can’t tell her husband about things she learns at the place they both work, the West Wing. This doesn’t mean Kushner won’t get his clearance eventually – but on the… Continue Reading