Could Jared Kushner be the man in between Russia and the United States who is responsible for the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and could Donald Trump’s presidency be brought down as a result of the FBI’s Russia probe? The FBI is very interested in Trump’s son-in-law, and as a senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is now in the hot seat and facing allegations of election meddling.
As Politico noted, Jared Kushner has been likened to “a shadowy secretary of state” by an administration source, with the job of dealing with different governments around the world at the behest of Donald Trump. Because the FBI are beginning to link Kushner to Russia and getting much closer to the charmed inner circle of Trump, this could heap enormous pressure on his administration and very possibly be the final nail in the coffin when it comes to an impeachable offense committed by Donald Trump.
Americans have already begun to question the enormous political influence of those family members that Donald Trump has brought in to work for him, and as Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner has been given plenty of political power to carry out business in Donald Trump’s name.
The piece of business that the FBI probe is most interested in right now concerns several meetings that Jared Kushner held with high-level Russian officials both before Donald Trump became president and afterward. With the FBI already looking into Russian meddling in the American election, their FBI probe has swiftly moved in the direction of Jared Kushner and his meetings with these Russian officials.
The FBI is also busy investigating the former campaign chairman of Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, along with national security adviser Michael Flynn and trying to discern if they had any ties to Russia as part of the probe, yet it is Jared Kushner’s role in the presidential election that is of the most interest to the FBI.
One of these alleged meetings that is being widely discussed as part of the Russia probe involves a conversation Jared Kushner held with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in New York City in December. This meeting lasted for “just a few minutes” as an anonymous White House official claimed. After the meeting, Kushner was alleged to have told a deputy to speak with Kislyak, as the New Yorker reported.
“My understanding from Jared is that he met with Sergey alone and just for a few minutes. It was a very, very brief meeting to get a sense of what Sergey’s role was and who he was in contact with in Moscow.”
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi calls for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be suspended, for him to testify before the Oversight Committee. pic.twitter.com/MCP1H9Hzdy
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 28, 2017
When the New Yorker had asked the anonymous White House official whether Michael Flynn had been present at the meeting between Jared Kushner and Sergey Kislyak, the official denied that he had been. However, the New York Times later reported that Flynn had, in fact, been present at the meeting with Kushner and Kislyak.
When the New Yorker spoke once again to the White House official, they claimed that the mistake had been theirs and that they hadn’t intended to cover up Michael Flynn’s involvement with Jared Kushner and the Russian ambassador.
Part of the FBI’s Russia probe will be trying to discern what went on during these meetings between Jared Kushner and Russian officials, of which there have been quite a few, including one which is alleged to have taken place during the Spring of 2016 when Kushner is reported to have met with the Russian ambassador in Washington at the Mayflower Hotel. Jared Kushner and the Russian ambassador were both present during a speech which saw Donald Trump admitting that he would like for the United States to develop much stronger ties with Russia.
If Jared Kushner was involved with Russian officials during the Spring of 2016, this could explain Russia trying to influence the 2016 US presidential election. As The Washington Post reported, the previous director of the CIA, John Brennan, stated that he started to discern Russian meddling at this point.
When speaking before the House Intelligence Committee, Brennan said that it was his belief that Donald Trump and those close to him were being used by Russian intelligence officials. “I was worried by a number of the contacts that the Russians had with U.S. persons.” John Brennan did agree that the FBI’s concerns as part of their Russia probe were legitimate and that he “felt as though the FBI investigation was certainly well-founded and needed to look into those issues.”
With Jared Kushner under fire now as part of the FBI’s Russia probe, do you think that the Donald Trump presidency may be brought down if Kushner is found to have been involved in Russia’s alleged aim to influence the 2016 US presidential election?
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