Donald Trump held a press conference with the President of Colombia today, but reporters in the room naturally wanted to ask him about the current events of his Russia scandal instead. One reporter asked him directly about whether he asked FBI Director James Comey to go easy on Michael Flynn. Trump’s answer, a denial, wasn’t particularly surprising. But the reaction of Jared Kushner, who was in the audience, may be a different story.
One of the reporters in the audience asked Trump the following question: “Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey, in any way shape or form, to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?” The reporter also tried to tack a more detailed question onto the end of it, but Trump quickly interjected and said “No. No. Next question.” Just as Trump spoke those words, his son in law Jared Kushner could be seen smirking while seated two rows in front of the reporter.
Some might instead characterize Kushner’s reaction as “laughing” or “smiling” but we believe “smirking” is the most accurate description. So then comes the question of why Kushner had such a reaction. Was he smirking at how absurd it was for Trump to be denying something that Comey was keeping real-time memos on? Was he proud of the fact that Trump was reacting so arrogantly on the matter? You can decide for yourself by watching Kushner’s reaction in this CSPAN video:
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 18, 2017
If the above video won’t load on your device, watch it here. It’s worth noting that Jared Kushner also played a role in the Trump-Russia scandal, secretly meeting with the Russians at Trump Tower during the transition period, and that he’ll eventually get hauled before the Senate for questioning himself (link). But for the time being, he seems to think there’s something funny about his father in law’s imploding scandal.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report