It's not going to be a good homecoming for Jared Kushner or his father-in-law when they return from Europe. From all the reports, though, it's not certain if he's just a source for information or whether he did something illegal in espionage. One thing that is, however, certain is also something I only heard one person mention on television throughout all the massive coverage of the story on Friday about his possible contacts with the Russian Ambassador to set up secret back-channel communication with Russia using their own secure facilities.
A moment to explain briefly the backdrop of what I mean.
In all the analysis I heard from intelligence experts, almost to a person they said that they only explanation they could come up with is that -- if the story is true -- Jared Kushner is either incredibly naive because he has no experience in diplomacy and intelligence, or something deeply illegal in espionage was done. Clearly, "deeply illegal" is a massive problem for him, and likely for Trump. As such, the "incredibly naive and inexperienced" option was presented all day as a possible out for him.
And the one thing "certain" I was referring to is that I think both options are monumentally horrible. And "incredibly naive and inexperienced" is not even remotely an out. It's ghastly.
As I said, I only heard one intelligence expert mention this all day. And it's that if Jared Kursher was, in fact, incredibly naive and inexperienced, and that's his "excuse," then how monumentally disastrous it is for him, for Trump and for that the country, as well, as recipient of the fumes that he was made not just Senior Adviser, but the top Senior Adviser to the president, put in charge of --
Middle East peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
Negotiating with Iraq to find a resolution in bringing down ISIS.
Heading the White House Office of American Innovation.
Developing criminal justice reform with the Senate Judiciary Committee
Liaison between the president and Mexico to strengthen the White House relationship with the two countries.
Modernizing the Department of Veterans Affairs and solving the opiod crisis.
Diplomatic liaison with China for mending relationships.
Diplomatic liaison with North Korea.
Diplomatic liaison with the Muslim community to mend Trump's relationship with them.
And this is the man who the press and intelligence experts are calling -- as his one line of defense in his favor -- incredibly naive and inexperienced!!
All I could think from the moment I heard that mentioned as an excuse for Jared Kusher was...IF that's what actually happened here, that he was just so incredibly naive and inexperienced then the Trump administration should be raked over the coals for putting such a woefully incompetent moron in charge of basically saving the world.
By the way, I don't think Jared Kushner is a woefully incompetent moron. Which means the only remaining option is that he did something deeply illegal in espionage. Which is why I said the only certainty in Jared Kushner's situation is what he did was monumentally horrible, whatever it turns out to be.
To be clear, although I don't think he's a woefully incompetent moron, I also don't discount that as a possibility.
And to be clear, as well, assuming something was indeed actually done, it is challenging to think that Jared Kushner -- Jared Kushner! -- would have acted on his own, to do something of this magnitude. Either he was incredibly naive and stupid, or devious with a meticulous plan. If he was incredibly naive, then such a person didn't have it in him to "go rogue" into the bowels of Russian espionage and try to set up something so secretive and back-handed without direction. And if he was being devious, then such a person wasn't fool enough to set up a secret back-channel plan of Russian espionage without approval. And in either case, there aren't a whole lot of people in the food chain above him.
Welcome home, the Family Trump.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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