Jared Kushner Reveals He Met With More Russian Government Officials, Adds Over 100 Names to Disclosure Form
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and special adviser, Jared Kushner has added over 100 names to his federal disclosure form, most of them Russian government officials.
U.S. government officials are furious that Kushner can’t seem to tell the truth about his foreign contacts. This is the fourth time he has updated his disclosure form which he was required to complete in order to get security clearance.
People close to Kushner confirmed to The Liberal Advocate News earlier today that he has updated his disclosure form numerous times.
On Wednesday, Donald Trump Jr. released a string of email messages detailing his meeting with a Russian government lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya in Jume 2016.
That meeting was also attended by Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner who failed to disclose the meeting in his filing for security clearance. He has since amended his disclosure form to include that meeting.
Kushner, Trump Jr. and Manafort thought they were meeting with the Russian government lawyer to pick up incriminating information on then Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Some U.S. Senators have raised concerns lately that Kushner’s failure to tell the U.S. government the truth about his foreign contacts could jeopardize the country.
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is not very happy that Kushner still has his security clearance. He told the media earlier this week that in a “normal political world,” Kushner would no longer have a job.
“If this were a normal political world, Jared Kushner wouldn’t have a job by the end of today,” he said during a Wednesday interview, “and at the very least, he should absolutely have his security clearance revoked,” he said.
California Congressman and member of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff has asked Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to appear before the congressional committee to give the committee details of their meeting with the Russian lawyer.
Earlier today, President Trump defended his son, saying that most people would have taken that meeting.
“My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer,” he said alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the ornate Élysée Palace.
“It was a short meeting. It was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast.”
“I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting. Politics isn’t the nicest business in the world, but it’s very standard,” Trump added.
Trump is traveling in France.
Former congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) countered that most people would have turned down the meeting.
“While some people might have taken that meeting, there are many who would have refused meetings that were far less consequential than one with someone purportedly acting on behalf of a hostile power trying to influence an election,” Isreal said in an op-ed posted on CNN.
He said that while chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he advised all candidates on how to handle such matters.
“There’s no question that standard opposition research was a valid tool in our campaigns and in our opponent’s campaigns. But when that research raises troubling questions as to sources, methods and provenance, we were quite clear with our candidates: if you have received materials from a potentially unsavory source, immediately turn it over to the appropriate authorities,” he said.
“I stressed this at candidate briefings and in conference calls. Mostly it came up when a candidate would report receiving some envelope with no return address, filled with innuendos and gossip.”
“One of the most recent and widely reported cases occurred in 2000, in an event that became known as “Debategate,” when the Gore campaign received a packet containing sensitive debate preparation materials apparently stolen from Texas Governor George Bush’s campaign.”
“Former Congressman Tom Downey, who was helping Vice President Gore with debate prep and received the suspicious package at his Washington Office, didn’t say, as Donald Trump Jr. said, “I love it! He immediately delivered it to the FBI.” he recalled.
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