Complying with a federal judge’s order, on Monday the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a summary of an interview the FBI did with White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in November of 2017. The document, however, was heavily redacted until, the DOJ asserts, “a member of the intelligence community” can review the memos and add what it dubbed “appropriate redactions.”
As BuzzFeed reporter Jason Leopold noted on Twitter, the redacations meant the final interview summary looked like someone had taken a chainsaw to the document:
— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) February 3, 2020
Upon closer inspection, however, there are a few tidbits that suggest Kushner was working behind the scenes to set up what would later be called a “back channel” to Russia. Take this paragraph that wasn’t censored beyond recognition:
“‘A few weeks after the election [REDACTED] Kushner, Flynn, and Kislyak met together at Trump Tower [REDACTED]’ the memo said, referring to former Trump adviser Mike Flynn and former Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The only other visible words were ‘Kushner’ and ‘vaguely remembers Flynn handling Russia on the issue.'”
We know from past revelations in the Mueller report that Kushner — along with former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. — met at Trump Tower with Russian contacts who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. That meeting took place in June of 2016, and then shortly after the election, Kushner was meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
All of this was confirmed by former campaign manager Steve Bannon, who replaced Manafort when Manafort’s connections to Russia became public knowledge. A memo of Bannon’s interview with the FBI also touched on Kushner’s contacts with Russia:
“A memo on former Trump strategist Steve Bannon’s interview revealed that the former adviser told Mueller’s investigators that Kushner had ‘attempted to back channel for communications with Russia during the transition,’ likely referring to Kushner’s meeting with Kislyak.”
So Kushner was repeatedly meeting with Russians prior to the election and then immediately after Trump had been declared the winner in November of 2016. Does that sound merely coincidental to you?
“(Kushner) failed to include the names of more than 100 foreign officials whom he met with in the years before joining the White House on his application for national security clearance — including top Russian officials. He’s had to change his financial disclosure forms detailing his divestment from his business empire at least 39 times. He’s neglected to mention the Russian technology magnate that owns a stake in a company he co-owns.”
The common theme in all of this is Kushner and Russia, and that’s why it’s easy to conclude that Jared was the person who arranged for the Kremlin to assist Trump win in 2016. Kushner is the rat, the biggest traitor of them all.
If the DOJ wants to suggest Kushner isn’t the ultimate Russian puppet, let’s see them release the full FBI interview and prove otherwise. Here’s betting they won’t do that anytime before this November’s election.