WASHINGTON, May 30, 2017 ⏤ Just days after the FBI began looking into Jared Kushner’s dealings with Russian officials, President Trump has expressed his “total confidence” in his son-in-law and top political aide. Trump released a statement that was published in the New York Times:
“Jared is doing a great job for the country, I have total confidence in him. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars.
“In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”
Kushner played a vital role in the White House from the start. He is under attack because of claims that he attempted to establish back-channel connections with the Russian government. Kushner is a person of interest, but not a target in the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia.
A part of Kushner’s job in the White House is to create connections between U.S. and foreign officials. If it is found that he did work with Russian operatives, that is no crime. The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel has detailed the Obama administration’s own efforts in that direction.
It is alleged that Kushner proposed using Russian facilities for the communications. However, these allegations only add to an ongoing circus that seems designed to bog down the Trump administration. Many perceive it as a Democratic effort to undermine Trump and split him from his base of support.
Top Democrats are calling for Trump to revoke his son-in-law’s security clearance. Several members of the Trump White House have publicly defended Kushner. These include National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who said of Kushner’s attempt to create a back-channel with Russia:
“We have back-channeled communication with a number of countries. What that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner, so I’m not concerned.”
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly appeared on ABC News Sunday and also defended the use of secret lines of communications with foreign governments.
“Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing and, again, it comes back to whatever the communication is, comes back into the government and shared across the government.”
Speculation in Washington is that Trump will shake up his staff. He recently hired a lawyer to deal with the ongoing Russian probe.
And one has to ask, is this a “back-channel communication”
Is it possible that Americans need to stand up and demand that Democrats stop chasing alleged scandals and get back to doing their job?