The first documented encounter between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin was in 2005. Trump took the ‘Miss Universe’ pageant to Moscow. Although details of his meetings and discussions are not documented, to my knowledge. On a trip in 2013, several details were revealed in a dossier composed by former British spy, Christopher Steele. The most sensational part of the “Golden Showers Dossier” involves Trump’s lurid sexual escapades with two young prostitutes. However, of most importance are his meetings with Russian oligarchs. Steele reported that the subject matter was ‘how to launder money in American real estate.’
We know that Trump remains in close contact with Vladimir Putin. The day after he suddenly fired FBI Director, James Comey, he met with Sergei Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak at Putin’s request. Did Putin have any involvement in the firing of Comey?
Friday it was announced that ‘a person of interest,’ only identified as a ‘top adviser,’ was under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, and other committees investigating Trump’s Russian connections. Citing three sources, New York magazine reported that the ‘person of interest’ is Jared Kushner, Trump’s 36-year-old son-in-law.
How much influence does Kushner have over the actions of Donald Trump? Apparently his advice supersedes that of all others in the White House. It was Kushner who encouraged Trump to fire James Comey. Most of Trump’s staff encouraged a gentler approach to the hiring of Robert Mueller as special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; with the exception of Kushner. Trump attacked the decision rather than making a statement which might have created less suspicion. Telling the American people that he eagerly anticipated the truth and an end to the discussion, Trump called the appointment “bad for the country.”
Kushner is beginning to receive a great amount of scrutiny about his relationship with the Russians. In December Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov. Gorkov is the chairman of a state owned Russian bank which has been under U.S. sanctions for over three years.
Gorkov was trained at the Russian academy of Federal Security Service, which trains people to work in Russia’s intelligence and security forces. Putin appointed him as the chairman of ‘VneshEconomBank’ eight years ago.
Kushner and his family, like Trump and his spawn, are invested in Real Estate. His sister has been lobbying the Chinese to invest in the family’s projects. Has Kushner been involved with Russian oligarchs? Did he conspire with the Russians during the 2016 campaign? What is Kusner’s true purpose as part of the White House staff? These and many more questions will be asked of Trump’s primary counsel.
Trump and Kushner’s personalities meld well. They are both combative and defensive. Neither has any understanding of the need to govern effectively and wisely. Both believe that everything must be done ‘their way.’ But is that wise?
We know that an aggressive stance on every issue is not good government. Only the ability to negotiate, deliberate, and compromise will create positive legislation beneficial to the people of the United States. Neither Trump nor Kushner possess those talents.
With each day the investigation into Donald Trump’s past and present offers more questions and demands for more answers. I have a renewed hope for my beloved country; if even part of the allegations directed at Trump and his circle of sinners is indeed fact, our national nightmare may end sooner than later.
by James Turnage
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