Having read the 12-count, 31-page indictment on Paul Manafort this morning, one particular count stood out:
That’s a FARA violation (or failure to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act). That’s something we already know that Michael Flynn is guilty of (and his indictment is no doubt coming soon).
Meanwhile, another indictment was also unsealed today. A foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos actually pled guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russia.
He is the guy, by the way, who originally suggested a meeting between Trump and Russia/Putin:
Look: I don’t know the fine points of these laws, and this is pure (reckless) speculation on my part, but these violations certainly seem similar to what Jared Kushner has been investigated for, namely failure to register assets and failure to disclose to the FBI (i.e., lying) in applying for his security clearance.
In short, here’s a few things for which Kushner has been investigated:
It’s clear from the indictments on George Papadopoulos and Manafort that Mueller takes lying to the FBI and failure to disclose seriously, and those certainly seem like the kinds of crimes that Kushner has also committed (there’s probably a few financial crimes, as well).
I’m not alone in thinking this could implicate Kushner, as well:
Kushner is exposed for FARA lies and false statements to law enforcement as well, yes?— samhain gamgee (@mediajunkie) October 30, 2017
FARA charge in Manafort indictment also no-brainer as to Kushner & Flynn— John Bloss (@JBlosslaw) October 30, 2017
"false and misleading FARA statements" - the stuff Kushner, Flynn did too. Setting precedent. https://t.co/kYphsiO9uK— Mat Babiak 🚫 (@MatBabiak) October 30, 2017
I'm excited about the conspiracy against the US false statements and FARA violations! Kushner's probably wetting his pants right now!— Angela Krebs (@AngelaKrebs444) October 30, 2017
Papadopolous meeting with Kremlin-linked professor eerily similar to Trump Jr/Kushner/Manafort meeting: both involved "dirt on Hillary"— Adam Blickstein (@AdamBlickstein) October 30, 2017
Papadopoulos met with Russians, lied to the FBI, failed to disclose to FBI. Is this not exactly what Jared Kushner did? SAD #TrumpRussia— I'm OK You're So So (@PaulVCarter) October 30, 2017
Live look at Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner. pic.twitter.com/uEaqEl3GeF— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) October 30, 2017
I’m just sayin’. But you don’t go after the son-in-law first. You let him stew. You build a bigger case — maybe a little money laundering here, a little tax evasion there, hiding a touch of foreign assets — and then you go for the kill.