Yet another high-ranking member of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner, has been caught omitting interactions with Russian officials while seeking national security clearance. As reported by the New York Times:
[…] Mr. Kushner did not mention dozens of contacts with foreign leaders or officials in recent months. They include a December meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, and one with the head of a Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, arranged at Mr. Kislyak’s behest.
Particularly troubling is the fact that Vnesheconombank was a direct target of American sanctions levied during by Obama administration after Russia annexed Crimea and is controlled by members of Vladimir Putin’s government. Kushner maintains that he did not discuss sanctions with the head of the bank, Sergey Gorkov.
If that statement sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, also denied discussing sanctions against Russia with the Russian ambassador. Flynn then had his own clearance suspended before ultimately getting fired for lying about the whole affair.
In a bombshell announcement, James Comey, Director of the FBI, confirmed during a hearing last month that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
A chilling number of Trump administration officials have now had their ties to Russia revealed, giving pause to the millions of American citizens who voted for them under such glaringly false pretenses. Just as Flynn’s lies were exposed, it is only a matter of time before Kushner – and even Trump – suffer the same defeat.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.