Trump son-in-law and White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner had a closed door meeting with Senate staffers on Monday, as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
As expected, Kushner declared total innocence.
“The record and documents I have voluntarily provided will show that all of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events in a very unique campaign,” Kushner said outside the White House.
Voluntarily? Yeah, except for that part where you’ve had to amend your security clearance paperwork multiple times, because you weren’t completely forthcoming with meetings with foreign officials, from the start.
And then there were the recently amended financial disclosures, because you conveniently left out mention of 77 additional items.
“Let me very clear: I did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”
If you say so.
Ever-impressed with his son-in-law and the power behind the throne, President Trump took to Twitter early Tuesday morning to say ridiculous things.
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Yes. Consistent denial is a legitimate defense when you have no other recourse.
Here’s the thing: What’s the point of bringing your 11-year old into the mix, even in jest?
This is the insanity that is Trump’s defense against the Russia investigation. Rather than act as if he’s assured of his innocence, he is on 24/7 defense, lashing out to the point of hysteria.
He’s currently putting a stake in heart of his first advocate, and possibly most loyal Cabinet member, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who did the honorable thing and recused himself from any Russia-related issues.
Jay Caruso spoke about this, earlier today.
President Trump has made it clear that he felt Sessions’ job as AG would be to protect him, rather than uphold the laws of our nation.
Not only does he show gross misunderstanding of the job of his attorney general, but he’s sending a very strong signal to the rest of his Cabinet that they shouldn’t expect loyalty from their boss.
And is there anyone who can look at his behavior and still doubt he expected a loyalty pledge from former FBI Director James Comey?
While Trump continues to make his Cabinet uncomfortable, however, he can count on people like Kushner to toe the line, because it is to Kushner’s interests to back his father-in-law’s hand on this.
Kushner is probably the one person under equal, or possibly more scrutiny than Trump.
As for Barron, given Trump’s frequent trips to the golf course and preoccupation with social media, being pulled into the Russia investigation might be the only way to get the man to speak to his young son.