President Trump is remaining true to form by placing his son-in-law Jared Kushner firmly in the firing line over his involvement in the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to Vanity Fair. Trump is no stranger to pulling people in to use as a human shield and that extends even to close family members.
In a call to Steve Bannon, Trump blamed Kushner for his involvement in firing Michael Flynn, who was Trump’s national security adviser, and for also being instrumental in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump’s aides and associates are coming out to support the president by insisting that Kushner is giving poor advice to his father-in-law. According to Sam Nunberg, who served as an aide to the Trump campaign, “Jared is the worst political adviser in White House modern history.” It’s ironic, given the fact that it was Trump himself who elevated Kushner to the position he is in today.
Trump has been tweeting furiously for months to bemoan the ongoing investigation and the appointment of a special counsel. The investigation was set up to find out if there are any links between the troubled president and the Kremlin. Earlier in the week, the investigation found its first victim in Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort. Manafort turned himself into the FBI as he has been charged with 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States.
Shameless Trump has defended his own position by noting that Manafort’s alleged crimes were committed “years ago.” But many are still not convinced and believe that Trump has colluded with Moscow. The investigation may yet turn up a smoking gun that ends the presidency, but in the meantime, it seems that Trump has offered up another sacrifice in his son-in-law before facing any personal criticism. If the investigation does turn ugly, it will be interesting to see the reaction.
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