Jared Kushner under scrutiny in still another federal investigation, this time over China deals

It’s not just Donald Trump facing federal investigation over his actions in the White House; Trump White House everything-doer Jared Kushner’s real estate business is attracting new attention from federal prosecutors as well.

Kushner Cos., the New York property development business owned by the family of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, has been subpoenaed by New York federal prosecutors regarding its use of an investment-for-immigration program, according to people familiar with the matter.
The subpoena concerns at least one Jersey City, N.J., development financed in part by a federal visa program known as EB-5: twin, 66-floor commercial-and-residential towers called One Journal Square, said a person familiar with the subpoena.

Like Trump himself, Kushner ostensibly turned over the Kushner family business to other family members for the duration of his White House stay—while still keeping close to 90 percent of his original assets. Like Trump, he’s expected

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White Trump voters believe whites are the most discriminated against, despite facts to the contrary

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If this past presidential election has done nothing else, it has served as an important reminder that America is a country deeply divided across racial lines. One of the ways that this racial tension and animosity manifests itself is through the conflict around resources—who has them, who doesn’t and overall access to them. In an increasingly diverse and multicultural America, which at the same time is undergoing enormous economic shifts, some whites believe that they are being left behind. This is the platform that Donald Trump ran on. The “Make America Great Again” slogan fed into his voters beliefs that white people are increasingly the victims of bias and discrimination and that the country should be returned to a time when whites had it “better.” This is his justification for racist policies like the Justice Department’s investigation into colleges and universities that allegedly discriminate against white students. Except, well, facts.

While this is a

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White Trump voters believe whites are the most discriminated against, despite facts to the contrary

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If this past presidential election has done nothing else, it has served as an important reminder that America is a country deeply divided across racial lines. One of the ways that this racial tension and animosity manifests itself is through the conflict around resources—who has them, who doesn’t and overall access to them. In an increasingly diverse and multicultural America, which at the same time is undergoing enormous economic shifts, some whites believe that they are being left behind. This is the platform that Donald Trump ran on. The “Make America Great Again” slogan fed into his voters beliefs that white people are increasingly the victims of bias and discrimination and that the country should be returned to a time when whites had it “better.” This is his justification for racist policies like the Justice Department’s investigation into colleges and universities that allegedly discriminate against white students. Except, well, facts.

While this is a

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Trump’s cover-up of the cover-up underlines both obstruction and collusion

On Monday evening, the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump was directly involved in preparing the cover story for the Trump Tower meeting between his senior campaign staff and a team of propagandists provided by the Russian government.

Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. 

Not only does this show Trump’s personal involvement in crafting the cover-up story, it’s literally the same cover story that Trump himself used in brushing aside reports of his lengthy, unmonitored conversation with Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump told The New York Times on Wednesday that he and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin discussed adoption when they huddled on the sidelines

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Cartoon: Peak satire moonshot

Here’s a little peek inside my brain. Week after week, I strive to stay one step ahead of the satire curve but reality quickly catches up with absurdity. It’s a fast-moving target these days as satire goes from imagined to the real world all too quickly.

Who would think that we’d see a president riffing in front of 40,000 Boy Scouts about sex and politics? Who would think we’d see a president savaging his attorney general on social media, or urging the military to do his political bidding? See, it’s probably not that far fetched that Trump’s caddy would become the new attorney general.

And for late-breaking news, surely it is some sort of dog whistle, and not pure coincidence, that Donald Trump would eliminate transgender people from the military on the very day that President Truman integrated the armed forces back in 1948! Enjoy the absurdity

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Jared Kushner says nothing going in, little coming out, still refuses to take any questions

Going in to his private hearing with House and Senate staffers, Jared Kusher issued a carefully-worded statement meant to show that he was merely an overworked staffer in Donald Trump’s campaign who took not a single action of his own volition. Coming out of his private hearing with House and Senate staffers, Jared Kusher read a carefully-worded statement meant to show that he was merely an overworked staffer in Donald Trump’s campaign who took not a single action of his own volition.

Much of what was in the statements was the same — he did nothing wrong, he saw nothing wrong, and “I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses.” That last part, like the rest, was clearly the product of much contemplation by lawyers determined to produce a statement that contained next to no content and provided maximum wiggle room to guard against potential prosecution.

Even as Kushner was

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Kushner’s statement asserts that he lacked the competence to be complicit in Trump—Russia

Jared Kushner issued prepared remarks in advance of his testimony on Monday. They demonstrate that he’s a much better client for any lawyer than his father-in-law, but then so was Jeffery Dahmer. Throughout the statement Kushner makes it clear that taking on the role of campaign adviser was too much for him, and when it comes to attending meetings—he’s both inattentive and illiterate.

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 Mr. Kushner said he did not read an email forwarded by the younger Mr. Trump saying that the Russian government was providing dirt about Mrs. Clinton as part of its effort to help the Trump campaign.

According to Kushner’s statements, he wandered into the meeting while it was already underway, didn’t have any interest in the subject, and got his assistant to give him an escape text so he had an excuse for wandering out. Russians? There were Russians?

Kushner also had a handy, and brief,

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