Friday, November 17, 2017

Jared Kushner Hid 2016 Emails about WikiLeaks and Russia

It seems that with every passing day some new development comes out about the various Russiagate investigations now underway (e.g., Robert Mueller's investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, etc.).  In addition to the news that Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a dozen top Trump campaign officials and ordered them to produce documents  - thereby putting pressure on those targeted to come clean and strike a plea deal - we find out that Jared Kushner failed to turn over to Senate investigators what would appear to be damaging documents, including emails with Wikileaks and Russian contacts.   Even if innocent - something that I personally doubt - Kushner has added to the overall impression that Trump et al, are lying and seeking to cover up information.  Basically, obstructing justice.  A piece in Politico looks at the new developments surrounding Kushner.  Here are excerpts:
Jared Kushner received emails in September 2016 about WikiLeaks and about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” and forwarded them to another campaign official, according to a letter to his attorney from the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Kushner failed to turn over the relevant documents when they asked for them last month.
In a section of the letter titled “Missing documents,” Grassley and Feinstein said Kushner had handed over some materials but omitted communications that mentioned some of the people connected to the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“If, as you suggest, Mr. Kushner was unaware of, for example, any attempts at Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, then presumably there would be few communications concerning many of the persons identified,” the lawmakers wrote.
Grassley and Feinstein also alluded to documents they received from other witnesses on which Kushner was copied.
“Other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Mr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official,” they wrote. “Such documents should have been produced...but were not.
“Likewise,” the letter continued, “other parties have produced documents concerning a ‘Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite’ which Mr. Kushner also forwarded. And still others have produced communications with Sergei Millian, copied to Mr. Kushner. Again, these do not appear in Mr. Kushner’s production despite being responsive to the second request. You also have not produced any phone records that we presume exist and would relate to Mr. Kushner’s communications regarding several requests.”
They asked Kushner to turn over all responsive documents by Nov. 27.
According to the lawmakers, Kushner’s attorney suggested providing some documents might “implicate the president’s Executive Privilege.” In their letter, they asked Lowell to resolve those issues and produce the documents or create a “privilege log” to detail over which documents the president is asserting executive privilege.
Grassley and Feinstein also said Kushner declined to produce documents connected to his security clearance application, citing their confidentiality. The lawmakers said they intend to take Lowell up on a separate request to visit his office to review the documents in person, but they said the committee would not waive its request to obtain its own copies.
The committee is also seeking another broad group of documents about Kushner’s contacts with former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Grassley and Feinstein said they’d like all communications between Kushner and Flynn since Election Day 2016, as well as any communications that reference email hacking, Russia, the Magnitsky Act and other people or entities that have been implicated in the Russian interference scheme.
The lawmakers said they have yet to receive access to Kushner’s lengthy interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee and are seeking a copy of it from Lowell to determine “whether the transcript satisfies the needs of our investigation.”
If one is not guilty, one does not repeatedly lie and fail to turn over requested documents. The irony, of course, is that Kushner was seemingly too stupid to realize that if others turned over emails, the email chain would expose his involvement as well as his attempt to hide documents.  All and all, it merely increases the perception that Kushner is dirty - and in way over his head.  

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