Is there one, single person in Trump’s administration, family, or inner circle who is honest? In a word, the answer would seem to be a resounding NO! Just in the past 48 hours, there have been new tales of scandal surrounding son-in-law Jared Kushner, long-time confidante Roger Stone, and close advisor and communications director Hope Hicks. That’s just in the past 24 hours!!! Never … NEVER in the history of the United States has there been a more corrupt, nastier group of people in a single administration than today. Trump & Co. make Nixon & Co. look like a bunch of bloomin’ angels! And this was the man who promised he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington? Looks to me as if all he did was bring in a whole lot more, uglier and more lethal crocodiles! Let us, briefly, take a look at each of these most recent abominations …
Jared Kushner’s company, Kushner Companies, is in trouble. Deep trouble to the tune of $1.2 billion. Yes, that’s billion. While Kushner officially divested his interest in the family business when he accepted a job in the Trump administration, he did not stop seeking funding to stop the bleeding in the business. To that end, he was a liability from day #1, for at least four foreign interests, fully aware of Kushner’s company’s financial woes, considered ways to manipulate him, to use his troubles to their advantage. United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico viewed Kushner as likely to be easily influenced. And that doesn’t even touch on his meeting with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank in December 2016.
Kushner’s firm has sought investments from the Chinese insurer Anbang and from the former prime minister of Qatar. Kushner’s company has also received loans from Apollo Global Management, whose co-founder Joshua Harris has met numerous times with Kushner in the White House, and CitiBank, whose CEO Michael Corbat also met with Kushner in early 2017. There is obviously no clear line of demarcation between Kushner’s role in the White House and his business interests, despite the fact that he supposedly stepped away from Kushner Companies.
Add to that his omissions on his security clearance forms that he has been forced to revise numerous times, his attempt to establish a ‘secret communication channel’ with the Kremlin, and his breaking protocol by not coordinating foreign contacts through the National Security Council, and you have one very smelly situation.
I can always tell when Roger Stone is back in the news, for the piece I wrote about him and his wife in July 2016 starts getting views, even though that piece is nearly two years old. This week, it has already received 69 views, so I knew Stone was back on the radar.
On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump. In his interview with the House Intelligence Committee last September, Stone, who testified under oath, told lawmakers that he had communicated with WikiLeaks via an “intermediary,” whom he identified only as a “journalist.” And then came evidence of the lie: Private Twitter messages show that Stone and WikiLeaks communicated directly on October 13, 2016, and that WikiLeaks sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won the election.
While not officially a part of the administration, Roger Stone has been a close friend and confidante of Donald Trump’s for years and served as Trump’s lobbyist for more than a decade. There is no reason to believe that the two are not still closely allied. WikiLeaks was, in part, responsible for releasing information that made public the emails of Hillary Clinton and others during the 2016 campaign.
White House communications director Hope Hicks announced her intention to resign on Wednesday, the day after she refused to answer questions during an appearance before House investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Add to that, the fact that she was the mistress of ousted Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who resigned amid accusations of domestic violence that were known by the administration long before becoming public knowledge.
Setting aside her lack of morals, I prefer to concentrate on her refusal to answer questions under oath. Being possessed of a naturally suspicious mind, I almost always assume that somebody who refuses to answer questions in this sort of an investigation has something to hide and is protecting either themselves or somebody else. This situation is no different. Hicks has been one of the handful of people that have been closest to Trump since the very beginning of his campaign three years ago, so she is certain to know almost everything there is to know. And then to announce her resignation the very next day? Nope, nothing innocent about this woman, folks.
During her testimony, if one can even call it that, Hicks acknowledged she has had to tell what amounted to ‘white lies’. She pointedly and repeatedly declined to answer questions about the presidential transition or her time in the White House, telling investigators that she had been asked by the White House to discuss only her time on the campaign.
Hicks’ testimony is … or would be if she would give any … relevant, for she has been close to the Trump campaign and administration almost since day #1, plus she was involved with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, as well as that infamous 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Russians and top Trump campaign officials. I would like to see her subpoenaed, for her refusal to answer, coupled with her admission to telling lies and subsequent resignation are ringing very loud alarm bells.
And there you have it, folks, the latest filaments that are to be found in that huge spider web known as the Trump administration. And he called Hillary Clinton ‘crooked’?????