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Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:27 PM

This is why Kushners gargantuan debt matters

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2018/02/14/this-is-why-kushners-gargantuan-debt-matters/?utm_term=.78fa532710a9

Kushner met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, to discuss a secret back-channel and with the head of a sanctioned Russian bank, Vnesheconombank (VEB). (“The conversation is curious not only because it represents a top Trump official secretly meeting with an arm of the Russian government, but also because accounts of the meeting differ in important ways,” the Atlantic’s David Graham noted at the time. “Kushner says he attended the meeting in his capacity as an adviser to President-elect Trump. But VEB says that the meeting concerned Kushner’s family real-estate business.”) And he was present at the now-infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by a Kremlin-connected lawyer.

Kushner’s financial problems make these contacts all the more troubling. As he was racking up debt, law professor Jed Shugerman tells me, Kushner “also just coincidentally was setting up secret lines to the Kremlin and was meeting with [Russian President Vladmir] Putin’s banker a month after the election. And he just coincidentally was meeting with Russians offering dirt in Trump Tower during the election.” He explains, “Kushner’s massive debts are an important piece of the entire Russia conspiracy on some of the parties’ motives (Kushner, Michael Flynn and Trump) for such inexplicable behavior and such risk-taking.”

In addition to the Russia investigation, prosecutors in Brooklyn have subpoenaed records form Deutsche Bank, which has lent “hundreds of millions to the Kushner family real estate business.” (As the New York Times noted, “there is no indication that the subpoena is related to the investigation being conducted by Robert S. Mueller III.”) The Post has reported that a month before Election Day 2016, “Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan. The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January.”

In sum, Kushner has huge and growing debt, many suspicious Russian contacts and a close relationship (perhaps second only to Ivanka’s) with Trump. “The more money Kushner owes, especially to lenders or guarantors who do not have America’s best interests at heart, the more he and his father-in-law the President are subject to compromising pressures at best and outright blackmail at worst,” constitutional lawyer Larry Tribe tells me. “The fact that Kushner, without full security clearance, is permitted to peruse the President’s Daily Briefing, containing the most secret information that exists, makes all of Kushner’s financial obligations and debts urgent threats to our national security. This situation is unconscionable.”

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:36 PM

1. NO Security Clearance N/T

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 02:36 PM

2. Yep, he's a prime target to tempt with money to settle debt problems in exchange for info.

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 03:08 PM

3. "settle debt problems in exchange for info."

Otherwise known as a SPY!!!
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Response to mitch96 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 03:11 PM

4. Yep.

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 04:22 PM

11. Spot on!

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Response to brush (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 03:56 PM

7. and

For all we know that big increase in debt was manipulated for the purpose of keeping him on a leash. Maybe he got a little uppity.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 03:32 PM

5. The Kushner debt issues make him vulnerable to anyone willing to loan money

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 03:37 PM

6. K & R

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 04:00 PM

8. Most banks make employess attest their debts yearly. High debt is often associated w/ internal theft

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 04:13 PM

9. Average people have given up their lives to save our democracy.

The Trump Crime Family will sell out anyone or anything for money. Disgusting pieces of s@@t.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 04:13 PM

10. Kushner is the new Trump laundry machine. Debt is great if you need a clean wash.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Original post)

Wed Feb 14, 2018, 04:41 PM

12. If anyone reading this is in the IC, they might want to have a change of careers.

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