First came word from the New York Times that Donald Trump’s own attorneys think Jared Kushner is giving Trump bad advice on how to handle the Russia scandal, in the hope of protecting himself at Trump’s expense. Now comes word that, long before the news of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russia hit the newswires, Kushner told Donald Trump about the meeting. This directly undermines Trump’s own current attempt at a defense.
When the Trump Jr. story broke in the media, Donald Trump tried to claim that he had just learned about the meeting in the few days before it hit the wires. This was an attempt on his part at insulating himself from the serious crimes his son committed. But now the NY Times is reporting that Jared Kushner is admitting he told Donald Trump about the meeting back when he was revising the security clearance forms he had lied on (link). No specific timeframe is given for when he told him, but it would have been sometime around the end of May or the start of June.
And so Jared Kushner has just confirmed that Donald Trump is lying when he claims he didn’t learn about the meeting until a few days ago. It’s becoming more clear by the minute that Kushner is only interested in protecting himself. He was the one who informed the Feds about Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting when he amended his clearance forms, meaning that he’s the one who put all of the current developments in motion – and he did that all to try to save himself from going to prison for lying on those forms.
You’ve got to love a family whose members are actively trying to destroy each other in order to save themselves at even the first hint of trouble. This Trump family infighting and sabotage should only get more severe as the scandal gets worse for all of them.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report