|Kushner: "isn’t particularly bright or hard-working,|
doesn’t actually know anything, has bought his way into everything ever"
As NBC News has confirmed … that is, CNN has confirmed … and the Washington Post, and the BBC, and Reuters, and USA Today, and le Monde, and the Sheboygan Press confirm, Jared Kushner is now a focus of the Trump–Russia investigation.
Jared Kushner, the Trump's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said.
And every single one of those sources is careful to throw out this helpful tidbit.
That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.
Here’s something that’s even more true that those articles don’t get around to saying:
Being the focus of an FBI investigation is not a good thing. It rarely ends with someone being awarded puppies and ice cream. And there’s every chance that Jared Kushner will eventually be charged with a crime.
So every time an article reminds you that Kushner hasn’t been charged, simply mentally append the word “yet.”
Because Kushner isn’t just a guy who hangs around and may have stumbled across a clue unawares. Kusher is a guy who met with a sanctioned Russian bank. Who met with Sergei Kislyak and later exchanged notes with him. And who failed to disclose multiple meetings with Russian officials when applying for security clearance. And that’s all in the past year after the Russian hacking scandal became public and after anyone with two functioning brain cells would know that the FBI was watching his every move.
At the moment, Kushner isn’t considered an actual target of the investigation—unlike Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who most definitely is. And also unlike Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who seems to have carefully studied security regulations only so he could be sure of breaking them all.
Instead, Kushner is a “subject of interest” because his activities—all that meeting with Russians, talking with Russians, and also being a close associate of that that known Russian money-laundering schemer, Donald Trump—put him close to the bullseye when it comes to Trump–Russia targets.
Of course, compared with Trump, Kushner seems like a quieter more reserved brand of slum lord. What do people close to Kushner have to say about him? People like Harleen Kalon, who was hired to do a digital overhaul of the Kushner-owned Observer.
Just before the election, Kahlon described her former boss on Facebook thusly: “We’re talking about a guy who isn’t particularly bright or hard-working, doesn’t actually know anything, has bought his way into everything ever (with money he got from his criminal father), who is deeply insecure and obsessed with fame (you don’t buy the NYO, marry Ivanka Trump, or constantly talk about the phone calls you get from celebrities if it’s in your nature to ‘shun the spotlight’), and who is basically a shithead.”
Jared Kushner: Basically a shithead. But of course, there are other views.
“I think he is someone who saw all this shit with his father go down, and it turned him into a person who was determined to operate in much the same way but just be quieter about it,” said Brian Thomas Gallagher, who worked as a deputy editor at the paper during the Kushner era. “The idea that he thought the thing to do was to buy himself a position in the New York cultural elite is probably true in its way, but I don’t think he ever saw that way. He saw how poorly his dad was treated in the papers, and the Observer was his tool or a house organ for his real estate company.”
Jared Kushner: Basically a shithead who uses his own newspaper to spread propaganda.
And also definitely the subject of an FBI investigation.