Fading White House golden boy Jared Kushner continues to flame out in spectacular fashion. He once held sway at the highest levels of his father-in-law’s administration but is now mired in a myriad of scandals. Since losing his security clearance, he’s seen his prominence wane. Now, the unqualified conman has been hit with some more bad news.
The Intercept reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has boasted that Kushner is “in his pocket.”
Before he was embarrassingly stripped of clearance, Kushner had access to the President’s Daily Briefing, a collection of confidential intelligence reports. Shortly after Mohammed bin Salman seized his cousin’s place in the line of succession as Crown Prince, the PDB contained numerous details about the unfolding situation in Saudi Arabia including notes on who still opposed Mohammed bin Salman.
Kushner visited the Kingdom several months later and had a meeting with the new Crown Prince. It’s still not known precisely what they discussed, but after Kushner left the Crown Prince told others that Kushner was providing “intel” to help him root out his opposition, including names.
Less than a week after Trump’s son-in-law left Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carried out a sweeping purge to rid himself of his political enemies. Dozens were imprisoned and later had their assets stripped and seized by the government. One man was tortured to death.
The Intercept adds that it’s possible that the Mohammed bin Salman was lying somewhat about his meeting, and was simply manipulating Kushner’s visit to impress his allies by making it seem like he had the full, substantial power of the United States of America supporting.
“The crown prince may also have had his own reasons for saying that Kushner shared information with him, even if that wasn’t true. Just the appearance that Kushner did so would send a powerful message to the crown prince’s allies and enemies that his actions were backed by the U.S. government,” Ryan Grimm, Alex Emmons, and Clayton Swisher write.
It is also possible that President Trump directed Kushner to share intelligence with the Saudi leader, but it’s also conceivable that Kushner took it upon himself to leak the information, an act which could be criminal.
This new report comes amidst swirling suspicions that Kushner may have been manipulated by foreign officials due to the fact that Kushner’s company is buried in insurmountable debt. If he has been exploiting his position to corruptly secure loans or other bribes, special counsel Robert Mueller will surely discover it and take him down.
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