yet yet more jared etc analysis

Above: Dersh on CNN, May 25

Jared Kushner under investigation in probe of Russia ties
Barry Grey, WSWS, May 27 2017

The political warfare in Washington has intensified with media reports that Jared Kushner is among those being investigated by the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller for possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. Kushner was first named by the WaPo and CNN, which went public with the news late Thursday, sparking a wave of similar media reports on Friday. Kushner is the first current White House official reported to be a “person of interest” in the probe now led by Mueller, who was appointed special counsel last week. Mueller headed the FBI for 12 years, under both Bush 43 and Barack Obama. He was succeeded in Sep 2013 by James Comey, who was heading the FBI investigation into alleged Russian interference in the election and possible Trump campaign collusion until he was summarily fired by Trump on May 9. Trump’s action triggered talk of possible obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense. A week ago Friday, as Trump was leaving on his nine-day foreign trip, the WaPo reported that a current senior administration official had been identified as among those under investigation by the FBI, joining such former Trump associates as Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and Carter Page. The WaPo listed three current administration officials who had met with Russian officials: Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson. It did not identify which one was being investigated by the FBI, but it dropped broad hints pointing to Kushner. The fact that the WaPo chose to name Kushner the same day that Trump was meeting with European leaders at the NATO summit in Brussels suggests that the internecine conflict within the Pindosi ruling class and state will only intensify when Trump returns to Washington. Trump’s performance at the NATO meeting has been roundly criticized by most of the media because he failed to explicitly affirm support for Article 5 of the NATO charter. Instead, he used his remarks at a ceremony at NATO HQ to denounce alliance leaders for failing to fulfil an agreement that member countries devote 2% of their GDP to military spending. Trump aides made contradictory statements as to the administration’s commitment to maintaining economic sanctions on Russia. Kushner and Ivanka, with Trump in Toady Arabia, Israel and Rome, flew back to Washington on Thursday.

These developments underscore the reactionary character of both factions in the conflict and the absence of any democratic or progressive content to the anti-Trump campaign, which is being led by the Demagog Party. The Demagogs have chosen to base their opposition to Trump, who embodies the gangsterism of the financial oligarchy, not on his brutal assault on social programs and democratic rights, but on his reluctance to continue and intensify the aggressive drive against Russia initiated by the Obama administration. The same week that Trump released a budget proposal that calls for $1.7t in social cuts, including the virtual destruction of Medicaid, the Demagogs and allied media outlets have continued to focus on his alleged collusion with Pres Putin. This, in turn, is based on claims that Putin hacked Demagog Party emails during the election campaign and gave them to WikiLeaks to publish in order to embarrass Hillary Clinton and tip the election to Trump, claims that have not been backed up by any substantive evidence. On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 18-3 for a bill imposing sweeping new sanctions on Iran. Only two Demagogs opposed the warmongering measure. Later in the meeting, the committee approved a separate measure to expand efforts to counter “Russian propaganda and election interference” in Pindostan and around the world. This was accompanied by a statement from committee chair Bob Corker, promising to pass a measure imposing new sanctions against Russia as early as next month. Corker has come under intense pressure from Demagogs on the committee to present such a measure, despite pleas from Tillerson to allow more time for negotiations with Moscow. Ben Cardin, the ranking Demagog on the committee, issued a statement declaring:

I welcome Chairman Corker’s commitment that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up a sanctions bill on Russia after the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess in June, pending a discussion with Secretary Tillerson … and take committee action in time for the bill to move to the Senate floor before the Jul 4 recess.

According to press reports, Kushner is wanted for questioning concerning meetings he held with Russian officials both during and after the presidential election campaign. The WaPo pointed out that he is not at this point a “target” of the FBI investigation and is not accused of committing a crime. Kushner and Sessions, along with Sergei Kislyak, attended an Apr 2016 event in Washington where then-candidate Trump gave a speech in which he pledged to seek improved relations with Moscow. In Dec 2016, while Trump was president-elect, Kushner and Flynn met with Kislyak in Trump Tower. Late Friday, the WaPo published an article on the meeting that cited “officials briefed on intelligence reports” and claimed Kushner and Kislyak had discussed setting up a “secret and secure” communications channel between Moscow and the Trump transition team. Also last December, Kushner met with Sergei Gorkov, the head of the Russian bank Vnesheconombank, which has been under sanctions since 2014. That meeting points to the completely corrupt character of the Trump presidency, which has brought the criminality that pervades Wall Street into the White House. Trump officials described the meeting as routine and inconsequential, but the bank described it as a “negotiation” about “promising business lines and sectors.” ABC News reported that the meeting was part of talks “with a number of potential investors” about the development of a skyscraper on 5th Avenue in Manhattan owned by Kushner Companies (666 5th Avenue – RB). Kushner had already told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he was prepared to testify regarding his relations with Russian officials, and on Thursday his attorney, Jamie Gorelick, issued a statement saying that he would cooperate with federal investigators as well.

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