Jared Kushner Reportedly Told Michael Flynn To Contact Russia, Could Be Charged By Mueller
A new Bloomberg Opinion article claimed the 37-year-old son-in-law and senior adviser to Trump may have ordered retired General Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, to “contact foreign ambassadors and foreign ministers of countries on the U.N. Security Council,” including Russian government officials. This instruction from Kushner reportedly came before a vote opposing Israeli settlements just days prior to Barack Obama leaving the White House.
This would entail that special counsel Robert Mueller‘s team could next try to potentially charge and produce a guilty plea from Kushner, who has previously insisted multiple times that he has no knowledge of any Trump associate’s communications with the Kremlin.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. The former national security adviser was expected to be sentenced this week, although Mueller ultimately recommended little to no jail time for Flynn because he provided “substantial assistance” and cooperation with the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller’s memo stated that Flynn was interviewed 19 times by the special counsel and by Justice Department officials. In January 2017, Flynn also reportedly told Vice President Mike Pence that he did not discuss U.S. sanctions against Russia with Kislyak in a phone conversation.
Not long after Flynn pleaded guilty last year, Democrats started pushing the idea that the former general may have potentially violated the 1799 statute known as the Logan Act. This law states that it is illegal for a private American citizen to undermine a sitting president’s foreign policy while that leader is communicating with a foreign power. No U.S. citizen has ever been successfully prosecuted for violating the Logan Act.
Aside from Kushner, President Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr. is also rumored to be possibly indicted. Recent reports have stated his 2017 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Trump family business interests in Russia appears to contradict statements Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen made to judges, something Trump Jr.’s lawyer Alan Futerfas has denied. Last week, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower deal in Moscow in 2016, a move that followed an earlier plea deal he reached in August after admitting to bank and tax fraud and multiple campaign finance violations. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was also recently revealed to have breached his plea deal with federal investigators by repeatedly lying.
This week, it was announced Mueller has launched a new investigation into Trump Jr. and his sister Ivanka Trump‘s involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow project, which allegedly included an offer of a $50 million penthouse for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump Jr. and his brother Eric Trump serve as trustees and executive directors of their father’s real estate businesses, which are collectively known as the Trump Organization.
It is believed that Mueller and his team will make major announces about the Russia inquiry over the coming weeks.