Jared Kushner’s role in the Russian ruse that has roiled the Trump campaign and administration is becoming increasingly clear.
Last night, the Washington Post and Reuters broke two exclusive stories about the FBI’s investigation into Kushner. The Post revealed that Kushner was attempting to broker a secret communications channel with the Kremlin using Russian facilities and equipment, a request so shocking it apparently surprised Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. Michael Flynn, also the subject of an FBI investigation, was reportedly in attendance as well.
Reuters’ exclusive was that Kushner had at least three undisclosed meetings with Russian officials, dating as far back as April 2016. These meetings were not disclosed on his SF-86 security clearance form, which is a felony that is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
This is a bigger Russia story than the rest of the recent revelations for several reasons. It specifically names Kushner’s intentions, it details the dates and locations of the meeting along with attendees and it provides insight into the FBI investigation in a meaningful way. I think the fact that two stories about Jared broke in recent days and that the investigation’s focus swung sharply toward him is no coincidence. I think someone (possibly Flynn, or maybe this Russian billionaire) is actively talking to federal officials and wants to make a deal.
Whatever the case may be, there’s no possible way that Trump wouldn’t trust Jared with the most critical piece of this puzzle. After all, he’s family and loyal in exactly the ways Trump wants.