42 year veteran of the CIA and MSNBC national security analyst John McLaughlin appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell this past Friday night and painted the issue with Jared Kushner’s just exposed contact with Russia in grave terms.
It was revealed on Friday by the Washington Post that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner sought to establish a secret back channel of communication with Russia during the transition period. Kushner made a request for such a channel to be set up while speaking to the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kisylak.
O’Donnell led off the segment by asking McLaughlin what the internal response of the CIA would be if they had intercepted communications containing Kushner’s request.
McLaughlin said what we all suspected; namely, that Kushner’s actions basically amount to treason. Kushner, as an agent of the incoming presidential administration, actively worked to subvert the oversight and accountability of this incoming presidential administration.
McLaughlin began by saying that the first reaction would be to question whether or not the reports about Kushner’s requests were a “prank.”
McLaughlin is definitely not the first to speak to just how ridiculous it is for Kushner to have participated in this under the table meeting with Kisylak and sought the capacity for more secret meetings and communications. It’s like he was literally digging the grave of the presidential administration he was supposed to be working for.
He went on to explain that the reaction he can imagine from the CIA is one that sees Kushner’s request as ludicrously incriminating.
After all, Russia is, in McLaughlin’s words, one of the most active governments in the world in terms of carrying out espionage against the United States. Additionally, Kushner’s request came about a month after it was first revealed that Russia had worked to undermine the integrity and alter the course of the 2016 presidential election.
‘I don’t want to overstate this because obviously there is a lot we don’t know — we don’t know the exact content of the conversation… But I can’t keep out of my mind the thought that, if an American intelligence officer had done anything like this, we’d consider it espionage.’
McLaughlin finished by explaining that he feels that the Trump administration is “being consumed by its own hubris.”
Check out the video of his comments below.
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