Jared Kushner’s daughter and two sons could one day compile a fascinating family photo album. It could include a mugshot of their paternal grandfather, a mugshot of their maternal grandfather and a mugshot of their father. Now wouldn’t that be something?
As I write this, that nefarious photo album is two-thirds finished. All that’s needed now is Jared Kushner’s mugshot. Could that day be coming soon? Let us count the ways.
First, it turns out that we know Kushner was paid a whopping two billion (with a “b”) dollars by Saudi Arabia for reasons yet unaccounted for. That staggering amount of money all by itself ought to eclipse any discussion of any other bribe in human history. It’s roughly what Paul McCartney and JK Rowling are worth — combined. And yet, next to those two spectacularly useful and creative people, Jared Kushner isn’t worth a bucket of shit. In fact, he isn’t worth a bucket of shit all by himself.
Two billion dollars is an amount of money so blood-curdling in its enormity that, by contrast, it’s nothing short of amazing that every time a Republican mentions Hunter Biden’s alleged bribe in an interview he doesn’t get laughed out of the room by the interviewer. Oh, and by the way, Hunter Biden, unlike Kushner, never worked in the Oval Office. Hunter Biden never worked for any government agency in any political capacity whatsoever, for that matter.
But wait. It gets even better. We know that Kushner was complicit in Covid deaths when he deliberately and with malice aforethought withheld aid to so-called “blue states.” First a word about blue states. There’s no such thing. America has fifty states. To be sure they contain Republicans and Democrats in varying proportions. They contain all kinds of people. But they all contain Americans. It is the sacred duty of every administration to care for the health and well-being of every American in every state irrespective of its majority party affiliation. Period.
So when Kushner withheld aid to so-called “blue states,” what he was actually doing was condemning some people, Republicans or Democrats or none of the above, to death, because of an absurdly stupid prejudice he held based in the most grotesque form of ignorance. This pathetic, inadequate little man lives under a massive delusion that he’s clever.
We also know that, during the transition, Dr Deborah Birx wanted to include the incoming Biden administration in Covid briefings. She wanted to make the transition a safe, smooth and informed one for the benefit of all Americans. In a display of unparalleled chickenshit pettiness, Kushner vetoed her.
Kushner thereby deliberately and with malice afterthought interfered with and undermined the Biden administration’s ability to hit the ground running when they took over the Covid-19 crisis after Trump’s mishandling of it. Fortunately for America, Biden and company did a magnificent job of rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine to all states without regard to majority party, “red” and “blue” alike. Even so, some time must have been lost, and that time could have cost human lives.
Much of the criminal liability for the Trump administration’s mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic rests with Kushner. Many of those deaths were avoidable and much of the reason why they weren’t avoided resides with Kushner and Trump. Their responsibility for those deaths could rise to the level of criminal negligence.
The elements of what in many states is called “involuntary manslaughter” include gross negligence ending in death, or a failure to perform a “duty to act” which could prevent death. It’s important to know that these actions or inactions need not be the exclusive factor in bringing about death, only a substantial factor. It should not be difficult for a prosecutor to show that Kushner is guilty of both.
Newsweek recently reported that Kushner says he hopes Donald Trump will win re-election in 2024. Kushner could be positioning himself for a delusional second shot at working in the White House. Wouldn’t it be nice to disappoint him with a criminal indictment instead? It will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes next from the wonderful grand juries of Mr Jack Smith. And, as ever, ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, comrades and friends, stay safe.
Robert Harrington is an American expat living in Britain. He is a portrait painter.