Today’s Top Story: Jared Kushner, senior adviser to and son-in-law of the President of the United States, asserted Monday that he “did not collude” with Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign for Donald Trump. Speaking outside the White House, Mr. Kushner briefly reiterated that his business dealings were not fully reliant on Russian funding.
Jared Kushner’s statement reveals nothing that was not already known, and paints a picture of an overwhelmed, inexperienced individual thrust into a political environment where ignorance of the rules regarding foreign contacts is considered forgivable. However, we live in a system where ignorance of the law is no defense, and if anyone had access to legal advice, it was Jared Kushner, adviser to Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Mentioned in Mr. Kushner’s public statement is that he attempted to create a dialogue between Trump’s transition team and the Russian government. As Torchlight previously reported, along with then-foreign policy adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, Kushner participated in an attempt to perform a function of the Executive branch of our government prior to actually having that authority. This back-channel communication is troubling for many reasons, including that it was meant to be kept secret from domestic national security and intelligence organizations by utilizing the foreign government’s facilities and communication systems.
Whatever consequences result from Jared Kushner’s contacts with foreign agents will undoubtedly stem from what was revealed in the closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee, also on Monday. Perhaps we will never know what was spoken about there, whether via omission by Kushner or inaction by the Senate investigators, but what we do know is that Jared Kushner remains deeply enveloped in the cloud of Trump-Russia suspicion.