(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE WASHINGTON POST)
The Washington Post reported last week that a senior White House official close to the president was a significant focus of the high-stakes investigation, though it did not name Kushner.
FBI agents also remain keenly interested in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe.
The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Target is a word that generally refers to someone who is the main suspect of investigators’ attention, though prosecutors can and do bring charges against people who are not marked with that distinction.
“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” said Jamie Gorelick, one of his attorneys.
In addition to possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election, investigators are also looking broadly into possible financial crimes — but the people familiar with the matter, who were not authorized to speak publicly, did not specify who or what was being examined.
Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said, “I can’t confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or subjects of investigations.” The FBI declined to comment.
At the time of the December meetings, Trump already had won the election. Contacts between people on the transition team and foreign governments can be routine, but the meetings and phone calls with the Russians were not made public at the time.
In early December, Kushner met in New York with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and he later sent a deputy to meet with Kislyak again. Flynn was also present at the early December meeting, and later that month, Flynn held a call with Kislyak to discuss U.S.-imposed sanctions against Russia. Flynn initially mischaracterized the conversation even to the vice president — which ultimately prompted his ouster from the White House.
Kushner also met in December with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of U.S. sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.
In addition to the December meetings, a former senior intelligence official said FBI agents had been looking closely at earlier exchanges between Trump associates and the Russians dating back to the spring of 2016, including one at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Kushner and Kislyak — along with close Trump adviser and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions — were present at an April 2016 event at the Mayflower where then-candidate Trump promised in a speech to seek better relations with Russia. It is unclear whether Kushner and Kislyak interacted there.
The New York Times reported that Kushner omitted from security clearance forms his December meetings with Kislyak and Gorkov, though his lawyer said that was mere error and he told the FBI soon after that he would amend the forms. The White House said that his meetings were normal and inconsequential.
Kushner has agreed to discuss his Russian contacts with the Senate Intelligence Committee — which is conducting one of several investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
In many ways, Kushner is a unique figure inside the White House. He is arguably the president’s most trusted adviser, and he is also a close member of the president’s family. His list of policy responsibilities is vast— his foreign policy portfolio alone includes Canada and Mexico, China, and peace in the Middle East — yet he rarely speaks publicly about any of them.
Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is now leading the probe into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, and he has set up shop in the Patrick Henry Building in downtown D.C. Even before he was picked by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to take over the case, investigators had been stepping up their efforts — issuing subpoenas and looking to conduct interviews, people familiar with the matter said.
A small group of lawmakers known as the Gang of Eight was recently notified of the change in tempo and focus in the investigation at a classified briefing.
It is unclear exactly how Mueller’s leadership will affect the direction of the probe. This week, Justice Department ethics experts cleared him to take over the case even though lawyers at his former firm, WilmerHale, represent several people who could be caught up in the matter, including Kushner, Manafort and Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who is married to Kushner.
Mueller resigned from the firm to take over the investigation.
Investigators are continuing to look aggressively into the dealings of Flynn, and a grand jury in Alexandria, Va., recently issued a subpoenas for records related to Flynn’s businesses and finances, according to people familiar with the matter.
Flynn’s company, the Flynn Intel Group, was paid more than $500,000 by a company owned by a Turkish American businessman close to top Turkish officials for research on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey’s current president believes was responsible for a coup attempt last summer. Flynn retroactively registered with the Justice Department in March as a paid foreign agent for Turkish interests.
Separately from the probe now run by Mueller, Flynn is being investigated by the Pentagon’s top watchdog for his foreign payments. Flynn also received $45,000 to appear in 2015 with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner for RT, a Kremlin-controlled media organization.
The Trump Wall
Why do we build, to keep out?
Was not Berlin’s built to keep in?
The Great Wall of China can be seen from space.
Decide what is real
Your reflection in the world’s looking glass
Does it show but one face?
Division from the south, but not from the north.
Do you not see your two faces shining?
What do you think your wall will facilitate?
The poor of the south,
Hungry, tired, and scared, they come to your gates
Looking for a safe place to build, and work and pray.
We build a higher wall
We tell them they have to wait.
From terrorist and drugs, you say your wall will defend.
You wall out your brother, your neighbor, your friends.
How is it you can be so cold?
Do you not know, nor see, nor care
That by your actions you do offend?
Do you not think that a terrorist or a drug King Pin
Can enter your haven from the cold frozen north?
Do not speak to me of family values
As children and mothers die of hunger
At the foot of this wall you create!
(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)
Washington (CNN) When President Donald Trump lectured NATO members on their contributions to the trans-Atlantic alliance, he demonstrated a lack of understanding about how the group works and potentially alienated the US’ closest allies, analysts said.
A damaging first
Changes made to accommodate Trump
Bedrock of trust
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This may not come as a surprise to most people. Terrorism seems to be something inherited by Islamic families¦ it’s their thing.
According to a former Libyan security official, the father of Salman Abedi the alleged Manchester arena terrorist was a former member of an al-Qaida-backed group in Libya.
Maybe that’s why Salman’s bomb was so sophisticated, he learned from daddy?
Former Libyan security official Abdel-Basit Haroun said Wednesday he personally knew Ramadan Abedi, the father of Salman Abedi, and thatthe elder Abedi was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s. The group had links to al-Qaida.
Although the LIFG disbanded, Haroun says the father belongs tothe Salafi Jihadi movement, the most extreme sect of Salafism and from which…
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His bags are packed
“Special counsel appointment hurts the country.” — Donald J. Trump
P O L I T I C A L F A R C E C O N T I N U E S
President Trump today slammed the appointment of a special counsel to probe his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia as something that “hurts the country.”
“I believe it hurts the country terribly, because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country,” the president said during a luncheon with television news anchors.
One really has to struggle and extract and decipher the true meaning of this man’s mutterings. Is he deluded or really that simple?
Mr T. seems to have placed himself above God, the country and the constitution. He may be considering himself to be the reincarnation of Louis XIV who royally proclaimed himself to be the state.
He tweeted that it…
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This is where you may go
This is what you may grow
This is where you may drink
This is when you may wink
This is what you can wear
This is what you may bare
This is who you may love
This is how you stay above
This is what you must pay
This is where you may pray
This is how you may worship
This is where to send the warship
This is what you may smoke
This is how you may joke
This is how you may breed
This is what you may read
This is where you may go
This is who is now your foe
This is how you must heal
This is when you may appeal
This is where you may speak
This is what you must seek
This is how you may work
This is where you may walk
This is who you…
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Interesting article whether you agree fully, partly, or not at all with their opinion.
La sociedad humana bajo la violencia y el racismo del fascismo La crisis mundial de una guerra permanente por los recursos del planeta, son parte de la estrategia de las guerras de cuarta generación, el Complejo Militar Industrial de EEUU aplica el intervencionismo y los asesinatos de civiles, para mantener la hegemonía Global, el imperialismo […]
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Trabalho opera renovação.
Renovação encontra o bem.
O bem revela o espírito de serviço.
O espírito de serviço alcança a compreensão.
A compreensão ganha humildade.
A humildade conquista o amor.
O amor gera renúncia.
A renúncia atinge a luz.
A luz realiza o aprimoramento próprio.
O aprimoramento próprio santifica o homem.
O homem santificado converte o mundo para DEUS.
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