On Sunday evening the “Paradise Papers” revealed that a Putin-connected Russian billionaire floated six figures of money to Jared Kushner in 2014, and the New York Times reported that another Putin-connected Russian billionaire sank significant money into Kushner in 2010. Kushner has lied to investigators about these investments, raising the question of whether they may be illegal in nature. Now one respected political insider believes Kushner will be indicted for money laundering as a result, and that Donald Trump might be next.
As the day was unfolding, former Vermont Governor and political insider Howard Dean appeared on MSNBC and spelled out what he believes will happen next: “I expect there’s a good likelihood Jared Kushner will be indicted for money laundering, and then we’re going to have to see how far this Russian business goes.” In other words, exposing Kushner’s secret Russian financial dealings may in turn expose Donald Trump’s own long-suspected secret Russian financial dealings. It gets even worse.
Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort and campaign adviser Rick Gates were both arrested on Monday for money laundering among other charges. The Paradise Papers have also exposed secret financial dealings between the Kremlin and Trump’s Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross which could constitute money laundering. Ross was formerly the vice chairman of Bank of Cyprus, which is now cooperating with Trump-Russia investigators on money laundering matters.
These various money laundering investigations could each serve to force various Trump-Russia players to cut a deal and flip on Donald Trump. It’s long been suspected, though not proven, that Russia has been funneling money to Trump by laundering it through Bank of Cyprus and Deutsche Bank. Jared Kushner’s newly exposed Russian financial connections just might do the trick when it comes to blowing the lid off Trump’s financial secrets. Things are now unfolding in real time.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report