The voiceless Jarvanka may yet come before Congress if not a NY state court. Peter Schweizer of the Mercers’ Government Accountability Institute now has thrown Kushner under the Russian bus signaling further WH chaos and perhaps a start to a separation from the dark money election entrepreneurs. The differences between some Russians’ account of contacts with Kushner also has been interesting.
For central figures like Kushner, it was never about understanding who provided the hacked/phished data, just that it served the GOP’s political purposes such as modifying the GOP RNC platform just as other activities operated with the help of Russian contacts in the background, aided by Americans who didn’t care about patriotism as much as seeing the profit and power on the horizon.
Kushner, like most debt-centered capitalists, keeping the billion dollar float going is an exciting risk but is always about exploiting more than one’s own wealth without the same accountability as the national treasury they’re now looting once they gained the levers of power. Kompromat is after all the codependent relation of how protection rackets work as the NYS RICO investigation will show.
#TrumpRussia may have worked too well since they would have profited from the expected 2016 HRC victory, expecting the attentionof #TrumpRussia would recede and profit-making would continue, while Trump moved on to another media project, acquired wife #4, and played more golf. As the money recedes, it moves to Sinclair Broadcasting’s penetration of US local media markets.
The problem is that #TrumpRussia worked too well and Trump actually won in 2016 because of a confluence of events, including DNC incompetence countering Trump in swing-states and key districts, the partial revelation in October of the Comey investigation favoring the GOP by affecting HRC, and Comey’s omitting the still covert FISA investigation. And firing Comey just doubled down on the optics of guilt and obstruction.
#TrumpRussia was always business as usual, just with more steps borrowed from other influence-manipulation operations operated by other kleptocrats like the Mercers / Kochs and their overlaps with Russians were facilitated by intermediaries like Cambridge Analytica as well as a variety of what are now real estate deals. For many players and their big-data quants, the Russian-ness of the connections was (un) intentionally recognized as data and money got transshipped and transferred. These are the necessary real “unmaskings” for an ethical(sic) capitalism to survive.
Micro-targeting does not imply a causal precision, but it is one element of the TrumpRussia story that takes the relationship structure of preexisting money-laundering and grafts a political influence data-mining operation onto it.
Those even more external players like WikiLeaks may not have realized the amount of Russian IC influence/money on their policy directions that now seems explicitly coordinated in contradiction of its claim to be immune from influence as a site for whistleblowers.
And then there’s the ever present national IC’s that have both confounded the Russian plot as well as circumvented GOP obstruction and cover-up.
Concurrent are the necessary financial channels and of course the profit incentives of lifted sanctions, and the expectation of massive multinational new energy resource projects that would also benefit.
It sounds complex to command and coordinate, but easier to rationalize as what seems like conventional post-Soviet Eastern Bloc kleptocracy. Such cronyism overlaps the neoliberal capitalist practices of unregulated, offshored financial dealing. It’s just the structure and agency of entitled avarice enabled by a more chaotic change election, plus a few outside agents.
Policing is difficult at the national level with questionable regulatory practices or even getting a handle on prosecuting the network practices of cross-border capital flows. But there are always GOP pilot fishes who swim with the sharks. Sadly, this is still the political reality that still needs to change.