No, What Jared Kushner Did Is NOT A Good Thing!
We have another Trump-appointed mouthpiece to deal with in John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security. Kelly came to the defense of Trump’ son-in-law Jared Kushner Sunday.
First he throws shade on whether the news on Kushner is true, then drops this bombshell:
“I would just tell you that I think any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russia is a good thing.”
We know the following for a fact: Jared Kushner, together with Michael Flynn, had a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak around December 1st or 2nd. During which time Kushner proposed the idea of setting up a secret communications line between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, with the assistance of Kislyak’s access to the Russian embassy. Kislyak bridled and refused.
In the first place, Jared Kushner, to this day, holds no elected office and has no political experience in any capacity. As of December 2nd, Donald Trump had yet to assume office, hence his staff appointees had no official role. This puts Kushner in clear violation of the Logan Act, which specifically forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. This was before Kushner was even named as “Senior Advisor to the President,” which happened January 9th.
In the second place, Kushner was not acting in good faith of the United States government at large. Kushner has had numerous undisclosed contacts with Russian officials and Russian businesses. He lied about those contacts on his top-secret security clearance application form.
Furthermore, Kushner was proposing this in secret, just between him, Kislyak, and Flynn. Would the president have been brought into the loop eventually? Who knows? Would anyone have known about an unsecured line between Kushner and the Kremlin ever? Who knows?
There’s a very good reason international communications are heavily controlled and regulated through proper channels, and a damned good reason why former CIA director John McLaughlan calls what Kushner was doing “espionage.” When a CIA director calls something “espionage,” perhaps we should listen!