Trump Family Crumbles As Kushner Tries To Save Himself By Blaming Russia Meeting On Trump Jr.

Jared Kushner tried to save himself from the Russia scandal by blaming everything related to the meeting with Russians on Donald Trump Jr.

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Here is the part of Kushner’s statement to Senate staffers that makes the family strategy clear:

In June 2016, my brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr. asked if I was free to stop by a meeting on June 9 at 3:00 p.m. The campaign was headquartered in the same building as his office in Trump Tower, and it was common for each of us to swing by the other’s meetings when requested. He eventually sent me his own email changing the time of the meeting to 4:00 p.m. That email was on top of a long back and forth that I did not read at the time. As I did with most emails when I was working remotely, I quickly reviewed on my iPhone the relevant message that the meeting would occur at 4:00 PM at his office. Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as “Meeting: Don Jr.| Jared Kushner.” No one else was mentioned.

I arrived at the meeting a little late. When I got there, the person who has since been identified as a Russian attorney was talking about the issue of a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children. I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting. Reviewing emails recently confirmed my memory that the meeting was a waste of our time and that, in looking for a polite way to leave and get back to my work, I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote “Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.” I had not met the attorney before the meeting nor spoken with her since. I thought nothing more of this short meeting until it came to my attention recently. I did not read or recall this email exchange before it was shown to me by my lawyers when reviewing documents for submission to the committees. No part of the meeting I attended included anything about the campaign, there was no follow up to the meeting that I am aware of, I do not recall how many people were there (or their names), and I have no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted.

The family strategy looks like since Trump Jr. isn’t in the administration. They are going to try to pin everything on him. In other words, Fredo Trump is going to take the fall for the family. Jared Kushner’s defense is that he didn’t know anything about any Russians, which isn’t likely to hold up depending on what evidence the FBI and Congressional investigators have, but the Trump and Kushner have put up a wall of denial, which won’t hold up long as the Russia scandal isn’t going away.



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