Reports are flying in that Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to the President, was the one who instructed Michael Flynn to contact the Russians and other nations regarding a United Nations vote on Israeli settlements. He is allegedly the “very senior member” of President Trump’s transition team mentioned in court filings.
Whether it’s true or not, the narrative from the White House will determine how this goes. Will be the scapegoat who acted on his own to insulate the President against something that could hurt him? Will he be the betrayer who tells special counsel Robert Mueller he did so on orders from the President? Will he be redeemed through an onslaught of denials and evidence that Flynn was just trying to dangle bigger fish so he could cut a deal?
Nobody is more directly affiliated with the President, particularly during the transition period between administrations, than Kushner. He may be the key to keeping the President untouched in this whole ordeal or he could be the one who brings the President down. Where it goes from here is anyone’s guess, and right now everyone is guessing.
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser at the White House, reportedly directed former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact the Russian government, and others, about a United Nations resolution on Israeli settlements in Dec. 2016, according to a report.
Two former members of Trump’s transition team told Bloomberg that Kushner instructed Flynn to reach out to foreign governments, including Russia, about the resolution before the United Nations Security Council and try to convince Russia to either oppose or delay the vote.
In those reports, Trump’s concerns have been noted to be that he felt the bad publicity surrounding the ongoing Russia probe and every little thing that has gone into his presidency could damage their brand.
In other words, he wanted to get his kids away from the line of fire. His oldest child, Donald Trump Jr. is already neck deep, due to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
Kushner could be the next official under Special Counsel Mueller’s investigatory microscope after Flynn plead guilty to lying to the FBI as a result of the probe into alleged Russian collusion and interference in the 2016 election.
In the charging document, Flynn admitted that a “very senior member” of the presidential transition team told him to contact Russia. This was the contact that Flynn lied about to the FBI, and plead guilty to.