A legal analyst for CNN on Monday observed that Jared Kushner — Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor — had apparently had trouble with simple political activities even though he has been tasked with fixing everything from the Middle East to the federal government.
CNN host John Berman noted that in an 11-page statement released Monday, Kushner insisted he was not aware of communications between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign when he met with the Russian ambassador.
“The fact that I was asking about ways to start a dialogue after Election Day should of course be viewed as strong evidence that I was not aware of one that existed before Election Day,” the statement says.
“It’s interesting that this statement is sort of designed to exonerate Jared Kushner, it doesn’t say much about the rest of the campaign,” replied Susan Hennessey of Lawfare, a legal analyst for CNN. “It certainly is sort of notable he’s covering himself but isn’t really talking much about the rest of the campaign. That’s certainly significant.”
“Another thing that’s significant here is that we’ve been told that Jared Kushner is going to solve Middle East peace,” she continued, “he is going to run the U.S. government’s China policy, he is actually going to restructure the entire U.S. federal government — when it comes to the ability to fill out forms, keep track of meetings, exercise good judgment in whether or not he should be meeting with these types of officials during the transition period, it’s all of a sudden ‘aww shucks, I’m brand new to politics.’ That’s the message that comes through loud and clear, him saying I didn’t know what I was doing. Anything that was untoward it was just an innocent mistake.”