Well, it looks like Jared Kushner might have committed some treason.
If you’ve turned on your television or worse, perused your Twitter feed, since Friday afternoon you’ve heard the story.
Much like a starry-eyed, groom-to-be who’s $13,000 short on that $14,000 Tiffany Soleste engagement ring, when Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak wanted to set up a secret back channel to communicate with Donald Trump, “he went to Jared.”
Or actually, Jared went to him. “Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring,” WaPo reported last night, adding that “Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower.”
So that’s bad but, as with all things that involve Trump and Russia, it quickly got worse because about two hours later, Reuters reported that Kushner “had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador during and after the 2016 presidential campaign … includ[ing] two phone calls between April and November last year.” That according to no fewer than seven current and former U.S. officials.
As for Kushner, he called a lot of Russians between April and November of last year, so he’s not entirely sure how anyone expects him to keep track of each and every individual treasonous act.
“Kushner participated in thousands of calls and has no recollection of calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. between April and November of last year,” Kushner’s attorney Jamie Gorelick said.
Jamie has asked Reuters for the dates of the alleged calls so she can
let Kushner try to use that information to decide who needs to get some polonium in their cup of tea “look into it and respond”, but she says she hasn’t received such information yet. She’ll get back to you on that.
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