As Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign heats up, the privileged Trump kids are stabbing each other in the back to save themselves.
Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, recently issued contradictory statements about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting, in which they and then-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, met with Russian agents to uncover “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
In so doing, Donald Trump, Jr. attempted to drag his brother-in-law down with him, while Kushner attempted to exonerate himself by implying the First Son was the only one of the two responsible for wrongdoing.
Trump Jr.’s statement alleges that his sister Ivanka’s husband was present at the meeting when Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, “discussed contributions to Clinton and the DNC that the Russians thought could somehow be used against Clinton,” according to a Mother Jones article today by veteran political reporter David Corn.
Meanwhile, Kushner said he was only there when Veselnitskaya brought up “Russian adoptions,” but not when she handed over documents supposedly detailing, “allegations of Russian tax improprieties by a US venture capital firm whose executives were political donors, including one who contributed to the Clinton Foundation.”
By portraying himself as absent during the moment collusion occurred in the form of top Trump campaign aides accepting destructive information on a political opponent from a hostile foreign power, Kushner is attempting to distance himself from the conspiracy.
This is not the first time Kushner has suggested Trump Jr. was the only one of the pair who was accountable. In emails released by Don Jr. himself, the First Son replied to Russia’s invitation to view “dirt” on Hillary with, “I love it!” Kushner, however, claimed he, “did not read” the subject line of the email in question.
Even the part of the meeting at which Kushner admits to having been present is suspect. “Russian adoptions” are code for lifting the 2012 Magnitsky Act that sanctioned Russia for the 2009 prison murder of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky had been looking into tax fraud committed by Vladimir Putin’s oligarch cronies when he was arrested, tortured and killed. The “adoptions” refer to the fact that Russia retaliated against the Magnitsky Act by shutting down American adoptions of Russian children.
It seems, however, that the only “children” Trump Jr. and Kushner are worried about saving are themselves. However, if the moment arrives for Mueller prosecute the 39-year-old and 36-year-old, he will try them as adults.
Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to luciabrawley.com.