The Feds Are Closing In And Boy, It Sure Looks Like Jared Kushner Is Royally Fucked

Late Friday night, a report came out that Jared KushnerDonald Trump‘s son-in-law and closest White House adviser — had at least three undisclosed contacts with a Russian ambassador during and after the 2016 Presidential campaign.

Minutes before, another even more damning report had landed, too: Kushner had approached Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak about creating a top-secret back-channel for communications at the Russian consulate in New York City.

The back-channel would have allowed The Donald and his then-transition team to communicate with Vladimir Putin without being monitored by U.S. national intelligence officials.

Related: Who’s More Fucked — Kushner, Or Sean Hannity?!

As the feds close in, and the special counsel appointed to investigate Trump’s Russia ties continues to widen their probe in addition to the work the FBI is doing, it’s now becoming painfully clear: Jared Kushner is fucked.

And his defense for all this?!

Oh, wait ’til you hear his defense!

It’s this, from Kushner’s lawyer Jamie Gorelick alleging his client had no memory of any contacts of phone calls he made with the Russians in the last year:

“Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described. We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information.”

Wait, what?!

Not only is Kushner going with the played out “oh wait I don’t remember” defense — which is painfully stupid — he’s now asking journalists to do his work for him?!


Related: Fox News Host Bob Beckel Fired Over ‘Insensitive Remark To An African-American Employee’

But aside from Kushner and his lawyer, who obviously live in a fantasy land, the rest of the world knows the hammer might just be about to drop on the baby-faced White House wannabe.

And whether criminal charges come or not, Kushner may not be long for politics.

Susan Hennessy, a national security fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former NSA lawyer, said:

“Hard to fully convey the gravity of this. Unthinkable Kushner could stay in the White House.”

And Bob Deitz, an NSA and CIA veteran who has worked for multiple administrations, added:

“Good grief. This is serious. This is a big problem for the President.”

Ya think?!

Jared… you’re fucked.

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Bookshops Closing in England


Winnie the PoohA bookshop that was originally founded and opened by the original Winnie the Pooh’s Christopher Robin will close according to a report by the BBC.

In Dartmouth, England, the Harbour Bookshop was opened in 1951 by Christopher Robin Milne, the son of Pooh author A.A. Milne. The bookshop was a destination for Pooh fans, however Christopher Robin often hid from visitors. He died in 1996, and the current owners say that there is now quite a slump in sales and a rise in rent has led them to close.

This sad story is being repeated in bookshops all over Europe and North America. As sales move online, bookstores are having a tougher time dealing with the economic crisis than most businesses. Many towns are being left without an independent bookshop, as indeed Dartmouth will be when The Harbour Bookshop finally shuts its doors. Some towns do not have any bookstores left what so ever. Earlier in the year, Laredo, Texas, with a population of a quarter of a million, watched its last bookstore shut its doors for the last time.

That is a real shame. Bookstores add to the cultural value of their neighborhood and may even be tourist attractions. David Farley has written about why bookstore tourism is so important. Books make wonderful gifts and souvenirs. Looking through my own shelves I often recall the trips where I bought certain titles.

So the next time that you hit the road you should drop into the local bookshop. You will be doing good for the local economy and also you will bring home a wonderful memento of your trip.

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