Jared Kushner’s swift rise and long, long fall

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The press is reporting that Jared Kushner’s days as a White House power may come to an end, due to a flurry of reports about his meetings as a Trump adviser with foreign officials and corporate execs who are in a position to help out his family’s troubled real estate company — as well as Kushner’s considerable innocence when it comes to foreign policy. The knives are out, and the latest reports are that Donald Trump himself wants his son-in-law to disappear.

The New York Times editorial board says Kushner “flames out.” It says his only legacy ought to be anti-nepotism laws that would forbid the ascension of someone so unschooled in the ways of Washington.

At this point, the right question to ask is why Mr. Kushner still has any diplomatic role at all.

The Washington Post predicts “the fall of the House of Kushner” (a good Poe pun):

Once the prince of Trump’s Washington, Kushner is now stripped of his access to the nation’s deepest secrets, isolated and badly weakened inside the administration, under scrutiny for his mixing of business and government work and facing the possibility of grave legal peril in the Russia probe.

Kushner’s tensions with chief of staff John F. Kelly have spilled into public view, while other dormant rivalries have resurfaced. Some colleagues privately mock Kushner as a shadow of his former self; one official likened the work of his Office of American Innovation to headlines in “The Onion,” the satirical news website. Others said fear of the Russia probe has made some officials wary of interacting with Kushner on sensitive matters. And his reputation as an interlocutor for foreign governments has been undermined by the lowering of his security clearance level, which generated embarrassing headlines worldwide.

The NYT has reported that the Kushner family real estate company got loans of over $500 million coincidentally after Jared Kushner had met with the lenders’ execs as a White House adviser on “infrastructure.” CNN summarizes:

According to the Times, Kushner met with Joshua Harris, one of the founders of Apollo Global Management, on multiple occasions while advising the Trump administration on infrastructure policy, three people familiar with the meetings said….

In November 2017, Apollo’s real estate group lent Kushner Companies $184 million to refinance the mortgage of a Chicago skyscraper….
And Citigroup’s chief executive, Michael Corbat, met with Kushner in the spring of 2017, the Times reported, citing people briefed on the meeting. A short time after, the group lent Kushner Companies $325 million for some of its Brooklyn properties.

The Washington Post earlier asserted that four countries potentially have leverage over Kushner, including Israel.

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.

Add Qatar! At the Intercept, Clayton Swisher and Ryan Grim report that Kushner’s father, the top principal at the Kushner real estate company, had a meeting with the Qataris last spring as the family struggled with a debt-ridden property in midtown New York.

At the previously unreported meeting, Jared Kushner’s father Charles, who runs Kushner Companies, and Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif Al Emadi discussed financing for the Kushners’ signature 666 Fifth Avenue property in New York City.

The 30-minute meeting, according to two sources in the financial industry who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the potential transaction, included aides to both parties, and was held at a suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York.

At the Forward, Peter Beinart says Kushner’s position epitomizes the inequality of American society– he is only there because of extreme wealth, not brains or achievement.

[H]is rise is a case study in how extreme wealth and power reproduces itself, irrespective of ability, in an America in which upward mobility is increasingly a myth. Nothing he has done remotely prepared him for his vast governmental responsibilities, which include America’s relationships with Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Canada, Israel and the Palestinians, and a host of domestic issues including prison reform. According to media profiles, Kushner never even expressed much interest in domestic or foreign policy while in school.

And since joining the government, he has displayed a predictable, yet nonetheless alarming, ignorance of the subjects he overseas. Discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with congressional interns last summer, Kushner declared that “the variables haven’t been changed much” in “the last 40 or 50 years”—a period of time in which the Jewish settler population in the West Bank has risen from zero to close to 400,000.


68 Responses

  1. Mooser
    March 2, 2018, 12:12 pm

    Does anybody think Kushner will stop acting as if he has a top clearance? I don’t.
    He’ll get himself caught red-handed at espionage before it’s over.

    • amigo
      March 2, 2018, 2:44 pm

      “He’ll get himself caught red-handed at espionage before it’s over.” .Mooser.

      Where is your tribal Loyalty Mooser.

      • amigo
        March 2, 2018, 3:20 pm

        “Does anybody think Kushner will stop acting as if he has a top clearance? I don’t.
        He’ll get himself caught red-handed at espionage before it’s over. Mooser.

        He doesn,t need one.His daddy in law will pardon him.That,s if the Donald is still in office.Someone suggested Trump is “going Nixon.Talking to the pictures on the walls.

      • Mooser
        March 2, 2018, 4:06 pm

        “Where is your tribal Loyalty Mooser.”

        My heart-strings are not zinging with tribal unity for Kushner. Kushner is balebatim, I’m a balegoola.

      • amigo
        March 2, 2018, 7:14 pm

        “Kushner is balebatim, I’m a balegoola.”Mooser.

        I think you have that assbackwards.

        Your the head of the household (maybe your wife thinks otherwise) and kushner is the sloppy person.

      • Citizen
        March 3, 2018, 2:40 am

        @ Mooser

        The elf of Pelf, the moose of Loose?

    • gamal
      March 2, 2018, 5:32 pm

      “caught red-handed”

      off piste on the red mountain, so this is the former Jewish tragedy this time as farce, what is wrong with that boy?

  2. HarryLaw
    March 2, 2018, 1:02 pm

    If it was a case of like father like son, a bit unfair I know, but Jared Kushner would be well placed to solve those domestic issues, including prison reform which he has been tasked with, after consulting his father of course who is now top Principal of the Kushner companies.
    His Father was charged with 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. The witness-tampering charge arose from Kushner’s act of retaliation against William Schulder, his sister Esther’s husband, who was cooperating with federal investigators; Kushner hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, arranged to record an encounter between the two, and had the tape sent to his sister. Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison, and served 14 months at Federal Prison Camp, Montgomery in Alabama before being sent to a halfway house in Newark, New Jersey, to complete his sentence. He was released from prison on August 25, 2006.

    • John O
      March 2, 2018, 3:26 pm

      As we say in the UK, “How unlike the home life of our own dear queen.”

      • Ronald Johnson
        March 3, 2018, 3:18 pm

        Visualize the scene: “Thanksgiving Dinner at the White House”

  3. amigo
    March 2, 2018, 1:26 pm

    “yet nonetheless alarming, ignorance of the subjects he overseas.”.

    Interesting mispell.

    • pabelmont
      March 2, 2018, 5:07 pm

      amigo: Why should anyone learn to spell when they can always use spellcheck? Anchors aweigh? Anchors away? Overseas? Oversees? Made due, made do?

      But you have a good eye. I missed that one. Won.

      Anyhow Usher (or whatever his name is) doesn’t need brains or experience or news or security-clearance when his game is clearly self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment a la Trump-PRex and not in any way the national-good.

      • amigo
        March 2, 2018, 7:00 pm

        Quite so Pabelmont.

        The only subject Kushner oversees when he is overseas , is the Kushner empire.

        What is interesting is that Kushner has an official assignment with 3 of the 4 countries who stated they had an interest in Kushner because they view him as pliable. China , Mexico and Israel .I am not sure about UAE.

        We know his company has received 5 loans from 2 Israeli banks.I wonder what hold the other 3 have on him.

        CNN is reporting that Trump has given John Kelley instructions to get rid of his son-in-law.Apparently he is attracting too much negative attention .

    • David Samel
      March 3, 2018, 9:36 am

      Misspell not mispell

      • amigo
        March 3, 2018, 1:24 pm


  4. DCM
    March 2, 2018, 3:30 pm

    I found it interesting in the NYT article “Jared Flames Out” the following spot on statement regarding Israel as a country discussing how to take advantage of Jared:

    “What a liability Mr. Kushner has proved to be. American officials have intercepted conversations in which at least four countries, including China and the United Arab Emirates, discussed ways to take advantage of Mr. Kushner’s indebtedness, naïveté and ignorance of foreign policy to further their interests, according to The Washington Post.”

    I mean, spot on, right?

  5. Steve Grover
    March 2, 2018, 4:05 pm

    You forgot to mention that Jared Kushner kicked your ass out of the New York Observer and that your ass is still sore. His power in D.C. is decreasing but he won’t be joining you in the toilet of Israel hatred and anti-Semitism anytime soon.

    • Mooser
      March 3, 2018, 1:28 pm

      “His power in D.C. is decreasing but he won’t be joining you in the toilet of Israel hatred and anti-Semitism anytime soon”

      That’s right, Jared will have to use same showers and latrines all the other prisoners do.

    • druid
      March 3, 2018, 2:46 pm

      Ah yes! The ol’ anti-semitism canard!

      • Steve Grover
        March 3, 2018, 5:55 pm

        If you don’t like the canard you were dealt put it back in the deck and I’ll reshuffle. Even though the odds are infinitesimal for 99% of the population to draw that canard, my guess is you’ll draw it again.

      • Mooser
        March 4, 2018, 1:00 pm

        “Grover”, everybody knows you’re not playing with a full deck.

    • amigo
      March 3, 2018, 4:26 pm

      Hey Grover, if you had your eyes open you would have noticed that Phil has stated on several occasions that Kushner fired him.

      As to Kushners future , I suspect he will be cleaning toilets in which ever US prison he ends up in and he will.Maybe they will allow Ivanka to be in the same facility and they can meet from time to time and discuss where it all went wrong.

      It is all down to antisemitism , right grover.

      One less zionist in the WH .

      • Misterioso
        March 3, 2018, 6:55 pm


        Well said.

        With supporters like Steve Grover, Israel needs no critics.
        Keep up the good work Steve!!

    • LHunter
      March 3, 2018, 6:11 pm

      Steve Groveler – Aside from your seeming preoccupation with Weiss’ ass, and your tired old conflation of anti Zionism with anti semetism, is there anything else in your zio toolbox that you’ve been paid to say for your keepers?

      Don’t for a minute second guess the joy we feel in revealing the hypocrisy, untruths and bigotry of each Steve Groveler post. I only wish you and the other brainwashed stooges wouldn’t make it so easy.

    • eljay
      March 3, 2018, 7:11 pm

      || Steve Grover: Weiss,
      You forgot to mention that Jared Kushner kicked your ass out of the New York Observer and that your ass is still sore. His power in D.C. is decreasing but he won’t be joining you in the toilet of Israel hatred and anti-Semitism anytime soon. ||

      Says the Zionist who regularly swims and even drinks from the “toilet of Israel hatred and anti-Semitism” he perceives MW to be. But that makes sense: He’s a Zionist and – for reasons I still cannot comprehend – Zionists seem to really hate Jews.

      • Steve Grover
        March 4, 2018, 1:13 pm

        Its funny Eljay I know a Jew here and there. They are all Zionists. The Shul I belong to has an Israeli flag on one side of the Aron Kodesh and an American on the other side. On Shabbat we say the prayer for our country and the prayer for the State of Israel in Hebrew and English. I’ve been a member of this Shul for 30 years. There are about 700 families that are members. I guess as you say we all hate each other, but you couldn’t tell that when we are together. Anyway Eljay, you gotta give up on your dream of being a Rottenfüher in the SS.

      • Mooser
        March 4, 2018, 1:42 pm

        ” There are about 700 families that are members.”

        I take your point, “Steve”. We better watch our backs.

        Gosh, and come to think of it, Bob Mueller might just want to watch out, too.

      • eljay
        March 4, 2018, 1:44 pm

        || Steve Grover: … ||

        Look who’s back for another swim and a drink.

        || … Its funny Eljay I know a Jew here and there. They are all Zionists. … ||

        Amazing! It’s like those Muslims in ISIS who know a Muslim here and there and – whaddaya know – they are all Muslim supremacists.

        || … Anyway Eljay, you gotta give up on your dream of being a Rottenfüher in the SS. ||

        It’s tragic – and very telling – that the Zionist mind equates the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality with Nazism. But I suppose all supremacists – birds of a hateful and immoral feather – feel the same way.

    • Arby
      March 4, 2018, 10:53 am

      Those who hate fascism don’t reside in toilets.

    • Kathleen
      March 6, 2018, 8:31 am

      My sense is that Weiss honors his heritage however refuses to go along with the elitism and the crimes against humanity that Israel is up to their neck in. In fact does everything to expose those crimes.

      Kushner on the other hand is drowning in the elitism and has no regard what so ever for the soul of what Israel meant to some (even though it came to be via theft , exile and death). Like the U.S. Kushner also has no regard for the law’s of this nation and the fortune of his family which is so clearly tainted drives whatever he is involved in. His greed looks like it may take him down which we know is not always the case for the extremely wealthy.

      Weiss should be very proud “Kushner kicked” his ass out of the New York Observer. A badge of honor to be sure.

  6. Kay24
    March 3, 2018, 2:38 am

    OT, but it seems Muslim hater/trouble maker/zionist supporter, Pamela Geller, is going to feel what it is like to be hated too, through her daughters ( who seems to have inherited the hate gene).


    Perhaps Netanyahu might give them a show in Israel.

  7. Maghlawatan
    March 3, 2018, 3:10 am

    Howard Fineman



    “Looks like #Kushner is turning into exhibit A for the case against having private-citizen family members in the #WhiteHouse. He was making policy in the #PersianGulf & begging for personal loans from sheiks at the same time! It’s not just corrupt but it undermines US credibility.”

    It goes much deeper than Kushner. The IsraEli ambassador is a settlement fanatic. Zionist money bought the decision on the embassy. The tax cuts will break the economy.
    And the US admin is incompetent.

  8. Maghlawatan
    March 3, 2018, 3:18 am

    The other thing about Kushner is that he is useless


  9. inbound39
    March 3, 2018, 8:42 am

    Can’t do much about Kushner and his ilk until Americans stop letting the Israel Lobby and its Zionist buddies run the American Government. They pick and choose who serves in Government….not Americans,

  10. David Samel
    March 3, 2018, 9:41 am

    I always thought there was a much higher chance that these Trumpsters would be felled by financial shenanigans and/or lying to the feds rather than “collusion “ with Russia. Still waiting but that seems where this is headed

  11. LHunter
    March 3, 2018, 9:58 am

    Jared and his Papa have to dance now – dance for their keepers to earn their keep.

    What else can you say about this lazy dummy that hasn’t been said. He represents all that’s wrong in today’s America – privileged, lazy minded, delusional, and entitled. Much more concerned with his own status and money than America or even Israel.

    The bravado displayed in Putin’s recent speech suggests that Russia should be added to the list of countries (Mexico, UAE, Israel, China) that have inside influence on the WH. I’m convinced Russia has something on tRUMP that they are using for leverage – Russian loans, Russian prostitute vids, evidence of collusion – something or all of this and perhaps more.

    The WH has become WH Inc., corporate headquarters where vile capitists negotiate and ink their deals exploiting the employee citizenry. Currently it appears like a corporate take over or merger of WH Inc. may be in play.

    What’s good for business is often not good for humanity as both the US and Israel has and continues to demonstrate daily.

    • Arby
      March 4, 2018, 11:09 am

      Is all that you take from Putin’s speech? (I haven’t heard it yet, but I’ve read about it.) I’m not a Putin worshipper (or a worshipper of any imperfect human beings), but the US is provoking Russia mightily. And as much as I dislike Stephen Cohen ( a faker, in my view, who only recently resigned from the CFR, now posts articles to Consortium News, including a recent one in which he claims Russia annexed Crimea), he’s right about the way MAD, as mad as it was, at least seems to have kept the world from the fallout of a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia. The US pulled out of the important treaties limiting weapons build-ups and inspections and forced Russia to revisit its weapons development (although I don’t know why any country with a military industrial complex would have to be forced to make weapons, Still…), making Putin’s warnings necessary. No one is more against bravado than I am. (Russia Insider is terrible for it.) I complain about it all the time. But Putin isn’t a practicer of bravado and this speech by him is needed. Is there something wrong with puffing up a bit in order to ‘prevent’ catastrophe? God even built it into his animal kingdom.

      • Sibiriak
        March 4, 2018, 12:31 pm

        Arby: I haven’t heard it yet, but I’ve read about it.

        Better to read it than read about it.


      • LHunter
        March 4, 2018, 3:58 pm

        Arby – not sure how you read into my post any displeasure over Putin’s bravado. I admire most who are willing to stand up to US Imperialism. Russia, like China, is surrounded by US might – they need to flex not only to show power to the US but to assure their citizenry they are well protected and won’t be bullied.

  12. Kathleen
    March 3, 2018, 1:06 pm

    What I have been taken with when it comes to Kushner’s alleged crimes are how the main stream media has been more than willing to paint Kushner as “naive.” This effort to brand him this way has been going on for months now. Even in this Mondo piece you folks are willing to provide him with an out “considerable innocence when it comes to foreign policy.” Anyone with a big enough ego to accept a position like this and clearly uses it to his and his families advantage as well as using his position in a questionable way due to his clear and blind loyalty to Israel needs to held accountable.

    Kushner actively undermined Obama’s foreign policy decision (Israel illegal settlements UN vote). while Obama was still in office. Kushner clearly purposely left out over 100 contacts with foreign officials and many of his assets in his SF 86.

    Kushner convinced Trump to come out and say that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital. A 30 million dollar loan from an Israeli source sounds cheap for that one.

    Kushner knowingly turned the White House into a corridor to his own personal multi million dollar ATM machine to save his families assets

    Kushner is neither “naive” or “innocent” He knew and knows what he was up to.

    All of this effort to paint him as “naive” or “innocent” is just the kind of branding that Kushner, Abbe Lowell and team could only wish and work for.

    • LHunter
      March 3, 2018, 8:25 pm

      Agreed he’s not innocent and saying he’s naive imports an innocence that Jared clearly doesn’t have. He undisputedly lacks wisdom and judgement making him, imo, either daft/foolish or vain enough to believe he’s not.

      The Kushners/Trumps of the world know they live in a world where money buys all things including country club prisons when, on the rare occasion, they get pinched. Kushner’s own Papa can attest to that.

      • Brewer
        March 4, 2018, 11:53 pm

        “daft/foolish or vain” – the very definition of a Zionist.

    • Citizen
      March 4, 2018, 2:46 am


  13. Cazador
    March 3, 2018, 1:12 pm

    Did the grandsonny Kushner offend the grandfather Bibi the Nutàyahoo?

    That would be enough to get booted out, or even be shot by the «most moral army», on the inside of the Gaza fence, the fence of the biggest open-air prison in inhumane history, as a freedom tunnel digger, let’s say…

  14. inbound39
    March 3, 2018, 6:24 pm

    This has to be the worst American Government AIPAC ever supplied to the American People. As for Haley the Gob UN Ambassador……lol…..you can see Netanyahu’s arm up her back and his lips moving when she yells.

  15. Citizen
    March 4, 2018, 3:07 am

    The Rabidly Zionist Jared Kushner, Israel, Palestine & Why The World Is Laughing at USA: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/02/kushner-israel-and-palestine/ by @NatCounterPunch

  16. Dan Walsh
    March 4, 2018, 3:05 pm

    To my mind the most valuable lesson to be gleaned from watching the rise of Jared Kushner is that it reveals just how corrosive Zionism’s core institutional principle, nepotism, is within our supposedly meritocratic system. Kushner is where he is and doing what he is doing not because he studied the hardest, was the most creative or worked the longest hours. He is where he is because as a Zionist he is considered political royalty and is accepted within the halls of Zionist power as a prince.

    He is not recognized for his intellectual or civic accomplishments (he does not have any) but rather because of his willingness to serve his special interests. Big Zion did not invent special interest politics nor are Zionists the only one’s to pander to their own particular interests no matter what the impact is on the public’s interests. Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, Big Firearms, Big Banks, Big Media, Big Insurance, Big Real Estate, Big Religion, et. al., all work against the principles of the meritocracy and all are undemocratic and anti-Constitutional at heart.

    Kushner is already chum and not worth worrying about. We should all be focussing, imo, on how he got to have the powers that he had and what we can do to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

  17. jon s
    March 4, 2018, 4:23 pm

    I’m reminded of a story about Stalin. Supposedly when Nadezhda Krupskaya, Lenin’s widow, expressed disapproval of his rule and methods he threatened to appoint someone else to be “Lenin’s Widow”.
    Maybe Trump will apoint a new “First Son-in-Law”…

  18. Danaa
    March 4, 2018, 8:26 pm

    The sordid history of Kushner senior (Jared’s dad) was brought up above. It reminded me of someone else whose son found a fine Shiksa, daughter of a president to marry. That someone was also a convicted felon who served quite a bit of time in jail for graft, racketeering, tax evasion and what not.

    Similar criminal background – almost too similar. Corruption of the father, to be “cleansed” by the pedigree of the daughter-in-law. Here they are managing to marry their semi-competent, spoiled sons upward into WASP “royalty”. And in the process receive the blessing of presidents and power brokers throughout the upper echelons of the Empire. .

    Makes one almost yearn for good old-fashioned protestant ethics values.

    BTW, I do happen to think the parallels are almost too weird to be considered accidental**. Though no, its not any Cabal I am suspicious of. More like a glitch in The matrix (it’s like a line of code “leaking from one sub-routine to another). Either that or someone(s) are just having a belly laugh at our expense.

    Just like the Trump card was. Entertainment, though may be we – all of us – are just ‘collaterals” who laugh and cry at the same time.

    **PS wasn’t it Einstein who was reputed to say that “coincidence is god’s way of staying hidden”?

    • Danaa
      March 4, 2018, 8:35 pm

      from Wikipedia:

      “Before 2016, Kushner was a donor to the Democratic Party.[13] He serves on the boards of Touro College, Stern College for Women, Rabbinical College of America, and the United Jewish Communities.[25] Kushner has donated to Harvard University, Stern College, the St. Barnabas Medical Center, and United Cerebral Palsy.[25] He contributed to the funding of two schools, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, in Livingston, New Jersey, and named them after his parents.[2][25][26] Kushner Hall is a building that is named after him on the Hofstra University campus.[27] The campus of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center is named the “Seryl and Charles Kushner Campus” in honor of their donation of $20 million.[28]

      In August 2015, Kushner donated $100,000 to Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again PAC, a super PAC supporting Trump’s 2016 campaign for the presidency.[29] Kushner and his wife also hosted a reception for Trump at their Jersey Shore seaside mansion in Long Branch.[30]”.

      Edit; my bolds.

    • LHunter
      March 5, 2018, 10:22 am

      Danaa – Never heard the Einstein quote before – just love it. Thanks for sharing. It sure does apply and often when one looks at all the apparent “accidents” that seem to disproportionately befell Palestinians in historic Palestine compared to those in the diaspora – likely just coincidence – why bring Zionism into it.

      It is amazing that both the tRUMPs and Clinton’s have similarly vile in-laws. Having said that, the only difference between the tRUMPs/Clinton’s and their respective in-laws is that the former where caught. I find the lot of them to be power hungry fiends – disgusting.

    • Tuyzentfloot
      March 5, 2018, 2:26 pm

      Danaa says:**PS wasn’t it Einstein who was reputed to say that “coincidence is god’s way of staying hidden”?


      To me it looks like the conventional view where God makes sure every intervention in the world’s events is covered by deniability. Now doesn’t that sound familiar! It doesn’t look like sth Einstein would say, unless of course he could deny it afterwards.

    March 5, 2018, 11:17 am

    That Jared Kushner ever enjoyed the highest level of security clearance is astonishing.

    He has no standing in government. No history. No record of expertise. Never elected to anything. He is under no formal oversight. He possesses no expert qualifications of any kind.

    His father is a convicted felon.

    Jared Kushner himself maintains the most intimate relationship with a foreign power, Israel, and its flagrantly-corrupt Prime Minister.

    Kushner has already done some things for his family business which are extremely questionable, as his promoting a family development by telling Asians they would be able to obtain American residence if they bought into it.

    All this, while half the government of the United States insanely busies itself looking under beds and rugs, tearing itself apart, for evidence of imagined Russian influence?

    You worry about a few Russians buying advertising while at the same time a seriously questionable character like Jared Kushner enjoys the highest-possible access to secrets?

    Even if the Russians had hacked into the DNC’s computer to obtain the dirt on Hillary we all saw from Wikileaks (and it is certain they did not, several top-level security experts have told us) the only accusation would be one of over-enthusiastic investigators hacking into someone’s personal incriminating information.

    It all had nothing to do with government secrets, even in the most extreme claims by Democrats. And nothing to do with election interference, unless you call the release of embarrassing facts, things voters should actually know, a form of interference.

    But here is a man of no standing in Washington, other than being the President’s son-in-law, an intimate of a foreign power including of its corrupt Prime Minister, a man whose father is a felon active in business, and a man whose business practices are already seen as questionable, and this man is given the highest secret clearance?

    It’s appalling. Why did Jonathan Pollard go to prison for 30 years if a guy like Kushner can just prance in and see everything, then go over to Israel to discuss top-level secrets with a crook like Netanyahu and a crook like his own father?

    Trump has brought the practices of the American government to the lowest level ever imagined.

    • LHunter
      March 5, 2018, 1:14 pm

      CHUCKMAN – well written and succinct indictment serving as a sign of the times in the Empire. Thx.

    • Danaa
      March 5, 2018, 3:48 pm

      Well said. As I.Hunter pointed out – this kind of corruption and nepotism are signs of an Empire in decline. happened in Rome too. If Trump is a Nero, are we still waiting for Caligula?

      Alas, unlike Rome, this particular Empire has enough weapons to take the entire world down with it, as it goes through its paroxyms of self-destruction.

  20. RoHa
    March 5, 2018, 5:53 pm

    Trump is nowhere near as bad as Nero. He doesn’t sing.

  21. Tuyzentfloot
    March 6, 2018, 5:09 am

    I don’t think the comparison with Nero makes sense but one can try and come up with things. There are enough historians who claim that Nero’s bad reputation is in large part due to history being written by his adversaries.

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