Jared Kushner should never have received a high level security clearance. He’s been caught lying through omission on disclosure forms so many times at this point that there may as well be a weekly Kushner update on new developments. In January, when he submitted his security clearance form, he didn’t list a single foreign contact. By April, he was forced to update his form to reflect over 100 foreign contacts he had not listed.
After the now-infamous meeting with Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskya, Kushner was forced to update his form once again to include the meeting. In July, he was caught hiding over 70 assets worth $10 million. In October, he was caught hiding a company on his disclosure forms, which he then profited from in a clear conflict-of-interest and abuse of power.
So it should come as no surprise that, once again, Kushner has been caught hiding something big. According to new reports, Jared Kushner was funding an illegal Israeli settlement on Palestinian territory – a fact he hid from the United Nations as well as our own government.
For a person who is supposed to be solving the crisis and creating peace in the Middle East, that’s a pretty bad look. He’s obviously not suitable for the job (at least, in a sane administration). Newsweek reports:
‘Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year.
‘The latest development follows reports on Friday indicating the White House senior adviser attempted to sway a United Nations Security Council vote against an anti-settlement resolution passed just before Donald Trump took office, which condemned the structure of West Bank settlements. The failure to disclose his role in the foundation—at a time when he was being tasked with serving as the president’s Middle East peace envoy—follows a pattern of egregious omissions that would bar any other official from continuing to serve in the West Wing, experts and officials told Newsweek.
‘The omission was first discovered by a team of researchers at American Bridge, a progressive research and communications organization, and shared exclusively with Newsweek on Friday afternoon. The researchers suggested Kushner’s failure may have been more than an inadvertent mistake, but instead an attempt to avoid “potential conflicts with his job negotiating Middle East peace.” Newsweek later independently confirmed Kushner’s omission on his multiple financial disclosures.
‘”Every successive failure to disclose his financial holdings makes it harder and harder to believe Jared Kushner isn’t trying to intentionally deceive the American people,” Pat Dennis, the group’s research director, told Newsweek. “At the very least, his security clearance needs to be revoked immediately. He has no business accessing sensitive national security information.”‘
Kushner (and Trump) then went forward to lobby against an anti-settlement UN resolution:
There’s so much wrong with Kushner’s continued White House presence that it’s hard to know where to begin. The fact that he shouldn’t have access to the highest echelons of American power has been proven again and again. He’s walking, talking proof that the Trump administration will never hold its own accountable. There is no lie or degree of corruption that Donald Trump will not enable and protect.
Luckily for the rest of the nation, Robert Mueller seems to be quite focused on Kushner at the moment. And if the charges that have been filed against other members of team Trump are any indication, he won’t have a problem wrapping up Kushner with, at the very least, charges of lying. When this is all said and done, Kushner might have a criminal record to match his father’s.
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