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Kushner Implicated in Flynn Guilty Plea
Things have escalated quickly since news broke on Friday of Michael Flynn’s cooperation with Robert Muller — and now the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, appears to be in a world of trouble.
According to Bloomberg News, it appears that Kushner was one of the senior Trump transition officials who ordered Flynn to conduct back-channel communications with foreign governments.
The communications in question revolve around a UN Security Council resolution condemning the construction of Israeli settlements in disputed territory. At the time, President Obama instructed his ambassador to abstain on the resolution.
According to reports, Kushner pushed Flynn to contact the other four governments that comprise the Security Council to see if they would be willing to delay the process until Trump could assume power and name his own ambassador.
This was the context of Kushner’s instruction to Flynn last December. One transition official at the time said Kushner called Flynn to tell him he needed to get every foreign minister or ambassador from a country on the U.N. Security Council to delay or vote against the resolution. Much of this appeared to be coordinated also with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose envoys shared their own intelligence about the Obama administration’s lobbying efforts to get member states to support the resolution with the Trump transition team.
It’s not a smoking gun for collusion with Russia to undermine the 2016 election. Yet it may be technically illegal under the Logan Act — an early U.S. law that makes it illegal for private citizens to work with foreign governments to undermine U.S. foreign policy.
More importantly, however, it shows where Flynn was getting his marching order from. And since he’s already indicated he has testimony to give against Trump and members of his family, the pressure may be mounting on Kushner to attempt to wrangle a deal of his own before it’s too late.