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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 failed, causing the chopper to return to Washington.
The helicopter safely made it back to Ronald Reagan National Airport and the couple scrambled to get on a commercial flight instead.

The chopper is owned by the Trump Organization.

Report: Foreign Countries Sought Ways to Manipulate Kushner

I don’t see how he continues for very long at the White House without the clearance he needs. It completely undermines him. Not only is he unable to do his job, but he is diminished within the White House and will lose out in fights with other West Wing officials. And it’s just demeaning – he’ll have to leave the Oval Office when certain issues come up, for example, and will be excluded from certain meetings.

From the Washington Post:

Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.

Among those nations discussing ways to influence Kushner to their advantage were the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico, the current and former officials said.

It is unclear if any of those countries acted on the discussions, but Kushner’s contacts with certain foreign government officials have raised concerns inside the White House and are a reason he has been unable to obtain a permanent security clearance, the officials said.

Kushner’s interim security clearance was downgraded last week from the top-secret to the secret level, which should restrict the regular access he has had to highly classified information, according to administration officials.

H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report . . .

Officials in the White House were concerned that Kushner was “naive and being tricked” in conversations with foreign officials, some of whom said they wanted to deal only with Kushner directly and not more experienced personnel, said one former White House official.

Kushner has an unusually complex set of business arrangements and foreign entanglements for a senior White House aide, experts have said.

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

Kushner Reveals Four Meetings With Russians; Denies Collusion

From the Washington Post: Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, plans to detail four meetings he had with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and transition period — including one set up by Donald Trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer — but will deny any improper contacts or collusion in testimony to a… Continue Reading