Much like his father-in-law, White House adviser Jared Kushner struggles with telling the truth when he’s asked about his activities, meetings, business deals, or just about anything else, and that proclivity for lying has landed him in some very hot water legally.
You probably recall that Kushner was unable to get a top secret security clearance because he had too many business connections to countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, which made him vulnerable to blackmail or manipulation by those nations.
Part of Jared’s paperwork to receive a security clearance (which was later granted to him unilaterally by President Donald Trump over the objections of top intelligence officials) is a form known as SF-86, which is a questionnaire in which a government official lists all of his contacts with foreign officials. Kushner had to repeatedly revise his SF-86 because (oops!) he forgot to disclose meetings with the former Russian ambassador, some bigwigs who control Russian banks, and that infamous meeting with Russian nationals held at Trump Tower in June of 2016 to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
As a result of his failure to tell the truth on his security clearance form, two Democratic members of Congress have referred Kushner’s case to the Department of Justice for criminal charges. One of those Congressmen, Don Beyer (D-CA), posted his letter to the DOJ on Twitter:
The cloud of scandal and lies around Jared Kushner keeps getting worse. @tedlieu and I are asking the Justice Department to "open an immediate investigation to determine if Mr. Kushner is criminally liable for his false statements." pic.twitter.com/lPMscK7PxC
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) March 5, 2019
Granted, the likelihood that Attorney General William Barr will allow Kushner to be prosecuted is remote, but that doesn’t get him off the hook when it comes to being charged and indicted, because a new attorney general in a new, Democratic administration can still bring those charges against Jared.
Additionally, the state of New York may also be able to charge Kushner for that Trump Tower meeting and other related crimes associated with his business dealings, which are headquartered in the state. And that could mean a long prison sentence for Jared.
So while Kushner and other members of the Trump family may have managed to wriggle out of trouble in the Mueller investigation, karma is far from finished with them.
In other words, Jared might want to start thinking about finding a country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United States for his next vacation.