With each passing day we learn more about the role that Jared Kushner played in the Donald Trump campaign’s coordination with Russia during the election, and the extent he subsequently went to in the hope of covering it up, and the legal trouble he’s now facing. After yet another major revelation about Trump’s son-in-law, one widely respected legal expert now says that he believes Kushner will end up spending serious time in prison.
On Thursday evening the news surfaced that Jared Kushner failed to turn over documents relating to a Russian backdoor overture and a Russian dinner invitation, even after congressional investigators requested those documents (link). It raises questions about why Kushner is refusing to cooperate with those particular aspects of the investigation, and whether he believes he would incriminate himself by turning them over.
This news led Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, one of the most widely respected legal minds in the nation, to tweet “My prediction: Kush will be among the Trumpsters who end up doing hard time.” (link). Tribe did not go on to spell out which potential charges Kushner might go to prison for. It is known that he secretly met with the Russian Ambassador and the head of a Russian bank during the transition period, though it’s not known precisely what was discussed during those meetings. It is, however, known that Kushner omitted those meetings from his White House security clearance forms, and it’s stated on the forms that lying on them is an imprisonable felony.
Perhaps most notably, Professor Tribe is asserting that multiple people will do “hard time” for their roles in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos have already been arrested for their roles. Based on federal court schedules, it appears that several more sealed indictments are in place, waiting to be unsealed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller at his discretion.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report