We learned today that Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the FBI investigation into Trump campaign connections to Russia. Coincidentally, it was also reported recently that Kushner pushed very hard to have Comey fired and also pushed to retaliate for the appointment of a special counsel. He wanted to fight the investigations into Trumpland very hard—as if it was the fight of his life.
But what has Kushner done to become a potential target of a federal criminal investigation? We know that back in December 2016, Kushner met with a Russian banker at the request of the Russian ambassador to the United States.
This raises questions because “Russian bankers” usually are agents of the Russian government and work very hard to move dirty Russian money around the world and help cover up Russian financial crimes. In fact, a Russian banker was sentenced to 30 months in prison after he was prosecuted in federal court in New York. The charge? Conspiring to work for Russian foreign intelligence services in the United States. The prosecutor who took down the Russian banker? The U.S. attorney that Trump fired earlier this year.
As for Kushner’s meeting in December 2016 with Banker Sergey Gorkov, Gorkov is also someone on the feds’ radar. Gorkov used to serve on the Executive Board and was Vice President of another Russian bank, Sberbank. (source) This week Trump named Marc Kasowitz, an attorney who previously represented Sberbank in federal court, as his private counsel for the Russia investigation. Kasowitz has another Russian client: a company operated by Oleg Deripaska, a man who Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, signed a $10M annual contract with to influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States. Manafort’s contract with Deripaska had one major purpose—to benefit President Vladimir Putin’s government.
Trump and his buddies are pushing their way to the top of the FBI’s list.