A Tuesday report in McClatchy alleges that the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, as well as the Justice Department, are investigating whether Jared Kushner helped guide Russian cyber operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to the story, Kushner may have assisted Russian hackers by pointing them to specific jurisdictions in key Clinton states. Moreover, investigators are also looking into whether the Trump team were part of the coordinated effort to release the emails hacked from the DNC and published by WikiLeaks.
Back in May, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Democratic Chair on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, openly questioned how Russia was able to target these key states with such precision.
“I get the fact that the Russian intel services could figure out how to manipulate and use the bots,” Warner said. “Whether they could know how to target states and levels of voters that the Democrats weren’t even aware [of]really raises some questions. … How did they know to go to that level of detail in those kinds of jurisdictions?”
It has been confirmed that Trump son-in-law is currently under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. A source tells McClatchy that Kushner’s “role as a possible cut-out or conduit for Moscow’s influence operations in the elections” is part of that investigation.
In light of the news that Jared – along with Donald Jr. and then campaign chair Paul Manafort — attended a meeting with Russian government directed operatives for the express purpose of gaining damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the fact that Kushner might have also been involved in a coordinated effort to hack the election through the Trump digital team he led is startling.
The news this week has been largely taken up by Donnie Jr.’s email and his blatant attempt to collude with Russia to tank Clinton’s campaign, but look to the coming days for a shift in focus to Jared Kushner. From the start, Trump’s son-in-law has been his main man, described by the President as capable of solving the world’s problems with his astounding brilliance. He is at the center of this Venn diagram from hell. So far he has managed to escape a direct hit, but ultimately all roads Russian will lead to his doorstep. Already, we are hearing loud whispers of in-fighting at the White House…of a circular firing squad. It’s only a matter of time before key players on Team trump will begin naming names to avoid incrimination.