The Washington Post broke a bombshell story Friday night detailing how Jared Kushner, advisor extraordinaire to President Donald Trump, asked the Russian Ambassador to use their communication facilities to set up a secret back-channel link between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. This starting revelation is forcing even the most devout partisans to start asking what the actual fuck is going on here.
Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications. – Washington Post
But don’t worry; Michael Flynn was in the room too, so you know everything was on the up and up.
Seriously, this is getting way out of control. What did Team Trump need to talk to the Kremlin about that couldn’t be intercepted or overheard by the Intelligence community of the United States? Kushner’s single best defense here would be to claim utter stupidity and try to make his extraordinary request look like nothing more than a naïve screw-up, but we all know that’s not that’s not the Trump way.
At the same time, it’s almost impossible to believe there is any way the Trump administration can just bully/ignore/deflect through this one; it’s just too fishy for the average American to accept without a really, really good explanation. And please, America, don’t fall for the theory that Kushner and Putin just needed a secure way to play Words With Friends.
Even Russia was apparently blown away by the audacity of Kushner’s request. Do you know how shady you need to be for Russian spies to be like, “Uh, that’s okay- we’re good,” before silently backing out of the room?
“Ебать этот шум. я выхожу.” (Translation: Fuck this noise- I’m out.)
The real winner in all of this has to be Michael Flynn. The former national security advisor has made it clear he’s willing to sing like a canary for immunity; at this point, the U.S. should give Flynn immunity just to hear what happened in the meeting with Kushner and the Russian Ambassador. And somehow, and I know we keep saying it over and over, it just seems like the tip of the iceberg, doesn’t it?
One interesting aspect of all of this will be to see whether Ivanka stands by her man. After all, it’s just a matter of time before somebody throws somebody else under a bus, both literally and figuratively. It’s not difficult to believe Ivanka has some sort of top-secret exit strategy in her back pocket, but will she actually use it?
How do you say “stay tuned” in Russian?