Get Jared Kushner out of the White House


WaPo with a big story:

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, then President-elect Trump’s son-in-law and confidant, 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.

By the way, Kushner is neither sophisticated nor experienced in international relations. He’s a small time operator playing on a big stage. And he’s really, really stupid. Let the hammer fall.

I just hope this secret Kremlin backchannel was set up on a government server.

Hell to pay if not.

— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) May 26, 2017


Without knowing whether he was a Greedy Gus or just a garden variety traitor, Kushner should be nowhere near the White House. He should have whatever security clearance granted to him pulled. Come to think of it, all of that is true for his father-in-law as well.

.@RadioFreeTom on Kissinger, Kushner and backchannels

— Greg Dworkin (@DemFromCT) May 27, 2017


What's the word for Americans seeking to engage in secret comms with the Russian government?

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 26, 2017


Bloomberg on Jared Kushner, failing real estate mogul (pssst… he needed the money):

The Manhattan tower co-owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has been losing money for three years and faces increasing loan fees in 2017, which may explain why the family has been negotiating with Chinese insurance behemoth Anbang on new financing.

The fees, at 666 Fifth Avenue, kicked in last month and escalate with each payment until the loan is repaid, a 2011 refinancing agreement shows. December brings another hurdle: Interest paid on the bulk of about $1.1 billion of loans jumps to 6.35 percent, more than double what it was after the debt was refinanced in 2011.

Among other things

— Mark Berman (@markberman) May 26, 2017


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