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GOP's Nunes identifies a political 'danger': Stephen Colbert

03/05/18 01:00PM

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) hasn't done his career any favors lately. The gambit behind his ridiculous "memo" failed spectacularly; Democrats are demanding Nunes' ouster from his powerful post; and last week, the California Republican was credibly accused of leaking texts from the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking member to Fox News as part of an unusually misguided partisan stunt.

Slate  added last week that Nunes' greatest hits include "being forced to admit that he hasn’t personally read the court documents that he based an FBI–Hillary conspiracy memo on, being forced to admit that the FBI actually did disclose the information about Trump 'dossier' author Christopher Steele that Nunes had accused it of not disclosing, and being forced to admit that he had coordinated his statements about the phony Obama 'wiretapping' story with the White House and then lied about it."

But don't worry, Nunes' embarrassing failures and ruined reputation haven't stopped him from identifying the real dangers facing the nation.

One of the nation's exercises in democracy can be found on late-night TV. Hosts crack sharply critical jokes about the country's politicians without fear of retribution from said politicians.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sees that exercise very differently. He told Fox News Channel that a skit Stephen Colbert did mocking Nunes's memo alleging FBI bias in the Russia investigation is a danger to the country.

Colbert aired a segment late last week, showing him on Capitol Hill distributing a joke memo he's prepared. The five-word document read, "Devin Nunes is a [redacted]," and the CBS host asked various people what they thought the redacted word might be.

"I think this is the danger we have in this country," Nunes told Fox News a day later. "This is an example of it." The congressman added that Colbert and others on the left "attack people who are trying to get to the truth."

Oh, where to start.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross gestures as he leaves after addressing delegates at the annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference in east London, on November 6, 2017.

Trump's cabinet secretary summarizes his mercurial nature

03/05/18 12:31PM

On NBC's "Meet the Press" yesterday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross did his best to defend Donald Trump's upcoming trade tariffs on steel and aluminum. Chuck Todd also wanted to know, however, whether the policy is actually going to happen, or whether the president is still weighing his options.

"Well, I think you have to take the president at his word," Ross said, though he hedged a bit moments later. "Whatever his final decision is is what will happen." It led to this exchange:

TODD: Meaning this isn't a done deal.

ROSS: I didn't say that. I just said what he has said he has said. If he says something different, it'll be something different.

It was at this point in the interview that the host had the same reaction I did while watching at home: Chuck Todd laughed and asked, "What does this mean?"

Which was precisely the right question. If I understood Ross' comments correctly -- and really, your guess is as good as mine -- I think the cabinet secretary was trying to avoid a definitive answer because Ross knows what Trump is capable of. At any given moment, the president might see some Fox News segment that will lead him to announce without warning that he now opposes his own agenda.

And so, despite everything Trump has said about tariffs, everyone seems to recognize the possibility that he could soon decide the opposite, at which point, as Ross put it, the administration's policy will "be something different."

All of this made for an interesting television interview, but it was also emblematic of a larger truth: this president, who ran as a consummate deal-maker, is making it impossible to work with him. Indeed, the Washington Post had a piece over the weekend on Trump's mercurial nature and its impact on the political process.

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Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 3.5.18

03/05/18 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* The congressional special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district is a week from tomorrow, and according to a Wall Street Journal  tally, Republican-affiliated groups have now "poured about $9.1 million into the Pittsburgh-area race." That's an astonishing sum for a red district that Donald Trump won easily in 2016.

* On a related note, the same article added that the president "has rescheduled a political rally to be held near the district just days before the March 13 vote." If the GOP candidate, Rick Saccone, loses anyway, expect intra-party panic to intensify.

* As for the Republican messaging in the Pennsylvania district, the Washington Post  reports that Republicans are starting to downplay the recent GOP package of tax cuts, finding that those ads weren't resonating in the area.

* In California's 21st congressional district, Dems have had high hopes -- the district is represented by Republican David Valadao, though Hillary Clinton won here easily -- but the Democratic candidate in the race, Emilio Huerta, just ended his candidacy. The filing deadline for a new candidate is this week.

* The Dallas Morning News  reported over the weekend that early voting among Texas Republicans in this year's primaries is up 16% compared to a comparable period in 2014. Among Texas Democrats, meanwhile, early voting is up 98%. No, that's not a typo.

* The latest Mason-Dixon poll in Louisiana found Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) as fairly popular in the state -- he has a 55% approval rating -- though the Democrat may yet have difficulty winning a second term. Despite his current support, the same poll found Edwards struggling against likely GOP challengers.

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Image: Trump Designates North Korea as State Sponsor of Terror During Cabinet Meeting

Key State Dept office spends $0 to combat Russian interference

03/05/18 11:30AM

Last week, Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, unexpectedly made some news. At a Senate hearing, Rogers explained that the United States is "probably not doing enough" to combat Russian efforts to attack American elections, and asked about his own agency's work, Rogers added that he hadn't yet been directed by his boss -- Donald Trump -- to disrupt Russian cyberattacks targeting our elections.

Asked about the testimony, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration is doing all sorts of things to address the Russian threat, and she pointed to three pieces of evidence:

1. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has held some meetings.

2. U.S. officials are "looking at a number of different options," none of which Sanders would identify.

3. The State Department's Global Engagement Center has been given resources.

It's that third one that seems especially relevant today. The New York Times  reported:

As Russia's virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy.

As a result, not one of the 23 analysts working in the department's Global Engagement Center -- which has been tasked with countering Moscow's disinformation campaign -- speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Russian efforts.

To put it mildly, this isn't encouraging.

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In this March 10, 2016 photo, Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General, gestures as he speaks during an interview in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Team Trump's war on science reaches a new level

03/05/18 11:00AM

In Barack Obama's first inaugural address, the new president made a specific vow: "We'll restore science to its rightful place." He did exactly that, prioritizing the integrity of scientific inquiry throughout the executive branch. I remember Time magazine publishing a piece that said the Democratic president showed so much enthusiasm for science, he was "almost strident" on the issue.

It's safe to say no one will ever say this about his successor.

The AP recently reported, for example, "When it comes to filling jobs dealing with complex science, environment and health issues, the Trump administration is nominating people with fewer science academic credentials than their Obama predecessors. And it's moving slower as well." The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, meanwhile, is a "ghost town." The top-ranking science official in the White House is a 31-year-old aide with no relevant background in science.

The New Yorker published a brutal piece last week, noting not only Trump's disdain for science, but also detailing the extent to which Trump's budget blueprint represents an "assault on knowledge and reason."

It's against this backdrop that Politico  reported the other day on Trump's EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, went so far as to dismiss evolution in an old radio interview.

"There aren't sufficient scientific facts to establish the theory of evolution, and it deals with the origins of man, which is more from a philosophical standpoint than a scientific standpoint," he said in one part of the series, in which Pruitt and the program's hosts discussed issues related to the Constitution.

EPA would not say this week whether any of Pruitt's positions have changed since 2005. Asked whether the administrator's skepticism about a major foundation of modern science such as evolution could conflict with the agency's mandate to make science-based decisions, spokesman Jahan Wilcox told POLITICO that "if you're insinuating that a Christian should not serve in capacity as EPA administrator, that is offensive and a question that does not warrant any further attention."

That's not a constructive response to a reasonable question.

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Traffic moves over the Hudson River and across the George Washington Bridge between New York City (R), and Fort Lee, New Jersey on December 17, 2013.

Trump pushes Republicans to kill key infrastructure project

03/05/18 10:30AM

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) made a bizarre decision in 2010, killing a project called Access to the Region's Core, "a years-in-the-making effort" to build a new rail tunnel from New Jersey to New York City. Proponents of the project say it could have created as many as 44,000 jobs in and around the state and hiked local property values by up to $18 billion.

But for reasons that never seemed to add up, Christie wouldn't budge. Now that the New Jersey Republican has since left office, maybe now the infrastructure investments can move forward? Maybe not.

Just a few months ago, the idea once again appeared to have gained the support it needed in Washington and, once again, it looks as if one powerful official -- in this case, the president -- could put a stop to it. The latest and perhaps most ominous threat came late Friday night when it was revealed that President Trump had asked Republican leaders to withdraw federal funding for the project.

Mr. Trump has promised to spur "the biggest and boldest infrastructure investment in American history." So his opposition to an established project that is widely considered a solution to one of the nation's most critical infrastructure needs has confounded even veterans of his own party.

Note, this isn't just a White House move; it's an issue the president has taken up personally. The Washington Post  reported that Trump took it upon himself to directly urge House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last week not to support funding for the project.

And while the White House hasn't offered a detailed explanation for the president's apparent opposition, by all accounts, Trump is rejecting the much-needed infrastructure project in order to spite Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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In this Oct. 11, 2007 file photo, Carl Icahn speaks in New York. (Photo by Mark Lennihan/File/AP)

Trump ally dumped steel-related stocks ahead of tariff news

03/05/18 10:00AM

Even before Donald Trump was inaugurated, Carl Icahn was a controversial figure in the Republican's orbit. Team Trump announced in December 2016 that Icahn, a billionaire backer of the Republican's candidacy, would serve as "special adviser" on regulations in the Trump administration.

As we discussed at the time, it was a difficult arrangement to defend: Trump intended to give Icahn power to help shape regulations that could directly benefit Icahn's own business interests. Indeed, the New Yorker  reported Icahn allegedly used his position to shape an EPA rule that affected one of his investments, and unable to answer the obvious conflict-of-interest questions, Icahn parted ways with the White House last summer.

Last week, Icahn's name reappeared in the news, after ThinkProgress noted that Trump's billionaire backer "dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel" the week before his presidential ally announced plans for new steel tariffs. The Washington Post had a related report over the weekend:

President Trump's decision Thursday to impose crippling tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum took many by surprise -- particularly investors, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the day's trading down more than 400 points, or 1.7 percent, at 24,608.

But one billionaire investor and former Trump adviser, Carl Icahn, was seemingly unvexed, having dumped a million shares tied to the steel industry a week before the president announced 25 percent tariffs for foreign-made steel.

At issue was Icahn's ownership stake in Manitowoc Company, which makes construction cranes made of steel. Not surprisingly, Manitowoc stock dropped sharply after the president made his tariff plans clear -- but Icahn had sold his shares a week earlier.

Sure, Trump had talked up the idea of steel sanctions long before last week, but the public didn't know anything about the timing of the administration's specific plan.

And that in turn suggests the president's ally had incredible timing.

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Adult-movie star Stormy Daniels stops at Rooster's Country Bar in Delhi, La. on Friday, July 3, 2009

New details shed light on when (and why) Trump World paid a porn star

03/05/18 09:30AM

About a week ago, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah was asked about Donald Trump's personal attorney paying $130,000 to an adult-film star, shortly before the 2016 presidential election, raising the possibility of a hush-money payoff to one of the president's alleged mistresses. "That matter has been asked and answered," Shah replied.

Strictly speaking, that isn't quite true -- there are plenty of questions that have been asked without being answered -- and the story continues to come into sharper focus. The Washington Post  reported over the weekend, for example, on how close the deal between Trump World and Stormy Daniels was to falling apart.

The 2016 election was less than a month away, and Donald Trump's attorney had blown the deadline for paying Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about her alleged affair with the future president.

In an Oct. 17 email, an attorney for Daniels -- a porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford -- threatened to cancel the nondisclosure agreement by the end of the day.

That very morning, Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, had created a limited liability company, public records show, that ultimately would serve as a vehicle for Daniels's payoff. But the money had not arrived. A second email to Cohen, a short time after the first, said Daniels was calling the deal off.

Daniels' lawyer wrote in an email that the adult-film actress considered her settlement agreement "canceled and void." At the time, there was a growing scandal surrounding Trump's alleged mistreatment of women, including an audio recording in which the Republican was heard bragging about sexually assaulting women.

On Oct. 27, Daniels received the $130,000.

These new details start to paint a provocative picture: Daniels was prepared to remain quiet about her alleged extra-marital relationship with Trump, but she was expecting to be paid for her silence. When Trump's personal lawyer was late in making the payment, Daniels was reportedly prepared to walk away from the agreement and go public at a politically inopportune time that could've done real harm to the Republican campaign.

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Trump on China's model: 'Maybe we'll give that a shot someday'

03/05/18 08:30AM

It was about a week ago when the world learned about China's plan to allow President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely. In a brief item, I wrote, "No one should give Trump any ideas."

Too late.

In the closed-door remarks, a recording of which was obtained by CNN, Trump ... praised China's President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn't mind making such a maneuver himself.

"He's now president for life. President for life. No, he's great," Trump said. "And look, he was able to do that. I think it's great. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot someday."

It's likely this was an attempt at humor, but given Trump's authoritarian instincts, it's hardly reassuring to see him joking about such a thing.

Indeed, a month ago, this same American president suggested to supporters that Democrats were "treasonous" for failing to applaud his State of the Union address. Referring to his political adversaries, Trump added, "They certainly didn't seem to love our country very much."

The White House later said the comments were intended to be "tongue in cheek," but the more Trump tells these kinds of "jokes," the easier it is to believe they reflect at least part of his genuine beliefs.

China, meanwhile, which is accustomed to hearing the United States promote democratic principles, is apparently delighted by the American president's praise.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens to a question during a press conference following the weekly policy meeting at the U.S. Capitol Dec. 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

On Russian attack, top Obama aide turns to McConnell's negligence

03/05/18 08:03AM

For a year and a half, Donald Trump ignored practically everyone, including his own intelligence officials, and embraced the fiction that Russia may not have attacked the American elections in 2016. About a week ago, however, the president shifted his posture -- and started blaming his predecessor.

"Obama did nothing about Russia!" Trump tweeted, "Why didn't he do something?" Trump asked in a different tweet on the same subject.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has pushed the same line. Asked last week about the Trump administration's reluctance to prepare for another round of attacks in 2018, Sanders seemed eager to change the subject: "Let's not forget that this happened under Obama.... If you want to blame somebody on past problems, then you need to look at the Obama administration."

The problem, of course, is that every time Trump World turns its attention to officials' response to Russian intervention in 2016, we're reminded that it wasn't Barack Obama who was negligent -- it was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "watered down" a warning about Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election and defended the Obama administration's response to foreign meddling in the campaign.

The language in a September 2016 letter from congressional leaders to state election officials was drastically softened at McConnell's urging, McDonough said in an exclusive interview Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press."

Let's back up for a minute. As regular readers know, the Obama White House, swayed by the evidence compiled by U.S. intelligence agencies, wanted bipartisan support to push back against Russian intrusion, and in mid-September 2016, the then-president dispatched counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, then-FBI Director James Comey, and then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to brief top members of Congress.

Obama didn't want to be seen as using intelligence for partisan or electoral ends, so he sought a "show of solidarity and bipartisan unity" against foreign manipulation of our democracy.

That didn't happen -- because McConnel refused.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the Hudson Institute May 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty)

Despite recent rhetoric, Rubio eyes only modest reforms on guns

03/05/18 08:00AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) didn't appear to enjoy the recent CNN forum on gun violence, where the Republican lawmaker was confronted with angry constituents who saw him as part of the problem. What's more, there's no reason to believe the forum's audience was some kind of political aberration: a Quinnipiac poll released last week found Rubio's approval rating in Florida dropping to just 38%.

These are the kind of conditions that tend to push politicians toward action, and with this in mind, Rubio unveiled new legislation on the issue last week. "We can do this," the GOP lawmaker said. "What happened in Parkland doesn't have to happen again. If we can work together, put aside our differences and focus on meaningful legislation that curbs gun violence -- we can make real progress."

Those are the kind of words one might ordinarily expect from someone advocating sweeping changes to the nation's gun laws. But there seems to be a gap between Rubio's bold vision and Rubio's legislation.

Eight days ago, Marco Rubio endorsed raising the age requirement for buying a rifle from 18 to 21 and voiced openness to placing limits on the size of ammunition magazines.

On Thursday, when the Republican senator from Florida unveiled his plan to address gun violence, he did not outline any specific plans on these very divisive fronts.

Why not aim higher and include some of the popular measures discussed at the recent forum? "These reforms do not enjoy the sort of widespread support in Congress that the other measures I've announced do," Rubio said Thursday.

But that's not really what leadership looks like. Raising the age requirement, for example, is broadly popular with the public, and has received praise from, among others, Donald Trump. Rubio could take advantage of this dynamic, push for the idea he seems to support, and try to rally support from his Capitol Hill colleagues.

He doesn't want to.

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Parishioners with the Sanctuary Church hold onto their AR-15s, which churchgoers were encouraged to bring to a blessing ceremony to rededicate their marriages, at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 February 20

This Week in God, 3.3.18

03/03/18 07:38AM

First up from the God Machine this week is a report on a Pennsylvania church with services that are far from traditional.

A Pennsylvania-based religious group is scheduled to host a blessing ceremony for couples that will feature their AR-15 rifles.

World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland believes the AR-15 symbolizes the "rod of iron" in the biblical book of Revelation, and it is encouraging couples to bring the weapons to a commitment ceremony Wednesday morning. The AR-15 is the gun used in the Florida high school massacre.

The Associated Press' report added that this Pennsylvania church's congregation is "a breakaway faction of the Unification Church, which often is described as a cult." If the Unification Church, which didn't condone this week's event, sounds familiar, it's because it was led by a controversial Korean religious figure named Sun Myung Moon, who died in 2012, and whose movement has long been aligned with Republican politics in the United States.

The Rev. Hyung Jin "Sean" Moon, who leads the Pennsylvania church, is one of Sun Myung Moon's sons.

A separate Associated Press report added that the event did, in fact, happen on Wednesday -- it featured "crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles" who "drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows" -- and while there were no incidents, the nearby school canceled its classes for the day.

As for the broader context, Vox had a piece this week noting that the Moon business empire is now known as the Tongil Group, "a multibillion-dollar conglomerate that supports Unification Church goals." The piece added that the Moon family has, in recent years, "made pro-gun rhetoric a major part of their religious and financial activities. Among the Tongil Group’s holdings is Kahr Arms: a small-arms company founded by another of Moon’s sons, Justin Moon. The company has long received attention from politically connected public figures. In 2016, Eric Trump attended the opening of one Tongil-affiliated gun store."

Also from the God Machine this week:

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Friday's Mini-Report, 3.2.18

03/02/18 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:

* Today's school shooting: "The sprawling Central Michigan University campus was on lockdown Friday after two people were killed and police were hunting for an 'armed and dangerous' gunman, university police confirmed."

* On a related note: "A seventh-grader who shot and killed himself inside an Ohio middle school restroom last week was planning to shoot others at the school before changing his mind at the last second, a police chief said Thursday."

* Hmm: "The Securities and Exchange Commission late last year dropped its inquiry into a financial company that a month earlier had given White House adviser Jared Kushner's family real estate firm a $180 million loan."

* Donald Trump's lawyers have urged him "not to discuss details of the unfolding Russia investigation with anyone outside his legal team, warning of a conversational 'bright line' that could put aides and associates in legal jeopardy, according to current and former Trump aides. But Trump often ignores that legal advice in the presence of senior aides -- including his departing confidante and White House communications director, Hope Hicks."

* Greitens' other controversy: "Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is investigating the veterans charity that scandal-plagued Gov. Eric Greitens founded eleven years ago."

* FCC: "Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday turned down an NRA gun award he received at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, citing the advice of ethics officials at his agency."

* This NLRB story may be a little obscure, but it's interesting: "First, it reversed an Obama-era rule helping workers challenge the labor practices of big chains. On Monday, the National Labor Relations Board reversed its reversal. The move will make it easier to hold companies responsible for labor law violations committed by franchisees and contractors."

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Before launching a risky trade war, Trump became 'unglued'

03/02/18 04:13PM

When it comes to the administration's trade policies, Trump World is deeply divided. Many of the president's top advisers on the economy, foreign pollicy, and national security teams have urged him not to impose new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. On the other hand, Donald Trump himself seems to like the idea, as do some in the Commerce Department.

The divisions were on display early yesterday when competing White House factions sent wildly contradictory signals to the press about what the president would do.

Overnight, however, Trump made clear to the public that he'd picked a side, announcing that he not only wants to start an international trade war, he also believes "trade wars are good and easy to win."

What we didn't know was that this president -- who has an astonishing habit of blindsiding his own team with surprise policy pronouncements -- made this decision "without any internal review by government lawyers or his own staff." In fact, NBC News reports today that Trump announced his decision after a meeting with executives from the aluminum and steel industries.

There were no prepared, approved remarks for the president to give at the planned meeting, there was no diplomatic strategy for how to alert foreign trade partners, there was no legislative strategy in place for informing Congress and no agreed upon communications plan beyond an email cobbled together by [Secretary Wilbur Ross's] team at the Commerce Department late Wednesday that had not been approved by the White House.

No one at the State Department, the Treasury Department or the Defense Department had been told that a new policy was about to be announced or given an opportunity to weigh in in advance.

Behold, Trump's fine-tuned machine.

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Image: FILE PHOTO - Kushner arrives to join Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman at the Royal Court in Riyadh

Scandal surrounding Jared Kushner grows more serious

03/02/18 03:13PM

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's young son-in-law, is having an unusually brutal week. It started in earnest with the loss of his White House security clearance, which will almost certainly impair his ability to do his job, and which stems from his difficulties under the scrutiny of an FBI background check.

Things got much worse when the Washington Post  reported that officials in at least four foreign countries concluded that Kushner's financial difficulties and inexperience made him easy to manipulate. It didn't help that White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster discovered that Kushner hadn't coordinated – or even fully disclosed – some of his foreign contacts.

Making matters even more serious, the New York Times published this bombshell report on Wednesday night, which said Kushner's family real-estate company received two enormous loans from two companies whose executives met with Jared Kushner as part of his White House duties.

As Rachel noted on the show last night, nobody's denying that the loans were made; nobody's denying that Kushner had a personal financial stake in the specific entities that received these giant loans; and nobody's denying that the White House meetings took place with Kushner before those loans were made to his family's company.

The result is a picture that looks awfully corrupt: a senior adviser to the president of the United States took meetings in the White House with companies who are seeking something from the White House, and then subsequently those companies shoveled hundreds of millions of dollars to that White House official and his family business.

But as bad as these developments looked, today's NBC News report put Kushner in an even worse light:

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