The corrupt morass that is the Trump administration seems unassailable at times. There is so much blatant wrongdoing on display, so much obvious disregard for the rule of law that one hardly knows where to begin. That said, it increasingly appears that Jared Kushner might be the next official to collapse beneath the weight of his own misdeeds.
Earlier today, it was revealed that Kushner’s security clearance has been downgraded. It was a crippling blow for the man ostensibly responsible for ending the opioid epidemic, forging a lasting peace in the Middle East, and “streamlining” the federal government. Previously in possession of Top Secret clearance, Kushner now has simply Secret clearance. It’s likely that he will be unable to attend the President’s Daily Briefing.
As if that weren’t bad enough news for Trump’s son-in-law, a new Washington Post story reveals that officials in at least four foreign nations have discussed in private the possibility of exploiting Kushner’s myriad financial entanglements to exert influence over the White House.
Reportedly, they see his profound lack of experience as a particularly advantageous weakness. Those involved in the conversations included officials from the UAE, China, Israel, and Mexico. White House officials themselves have stated concerns that Kushner is “naive” and is possibly susceptible to being “tricked.”
Kushner was singled out as early as spring 2017 by the United Arab Emirates as a target vulnerable to influence because financial troubles were spurring him and his family to seek investors in the foreign nation.
Whether or not they succeeded in exploiting his needs is still unclear, but it’s widely known that Kushner has been desperately struggling to find someone to buy out his company’s $1.2 billion debt in a New York City tower. The debt comes due in January 2019.
Concerns over Kushner’s foreign interactions are also one of the contributing factors in his inability to secure permanent Top Secret security clearance despite his prominent role in the administration. The Post adds the special counsel Robert Mueller has voiced interest about the manner in which Kushner has conducted himself while dealing with foreign officials.
While the extent of the intercepted communications is yet to be fully revealed, none of this bodes well for Kushner. Hopefully, he will be kicked to the curb soon. He’s a beneficiary of rank nepotism that is completely unqualified for his current responsibilities. The country will be much safer once he is booted from the administration.
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