Late Friday night, a report came out that Jared Kushner — Donald 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.
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.”
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?!
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.”
Jared… you’re fucked.
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