Michael Flynn, following his indictment, reassured Americans that he had indeed not committed treason, which blows any and all arguments that Flynn’s plea deal with the FBI confirms the Russian collusion accusations.
He said the following in a statement:
“It has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of ‘treason’ and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right.”
It also emerged that Michael Flynn did, in fact, contact the Russian Ambassador Kislyak and he lied to the FBI about the nature and content of his dealings but that doesn’t establish his failure to disclose all the details of the meetings as evidence of a probable guilt, especially when you consider the context.
According to what we so far now, Jared Kushner, first son-in-law, asked Michael Flynn to talk to the Russian Ambassador about the UN vote reprimanding Israel for its illegal occupation of the Palestinian territory. Trump campaign officials decided to call the Russians because Russia is a member of the omnipotent Security Council capable of delaying the vote on any anti-Israel resolutions until Trump assumed office since President Obama had grown stern, though not nearly enough, about yet another illegal Israeli settlement in Palestinian villages.
On the surface, it looks nefarious but it really isn’t. Technically, Trump team’s actions do violate a federal law known as the Logan Act, which prohibits unauthorized citizens from dealing with Foreign Government Officials that have a dispute with the United States. But no one has ever gone to jail for violating it. It exists in the books but the enforcement is never taken seriously. Besides, given what we know from the Flynn indictment, Robert Mueller doesn’t seem too interested in building a case around the Logan Act.
It does, however, point to the strange case of Jared Kushner who had to file multiple updates to his national security questionnaire and financial disclosure forms. One could construe these omissions as acts to conceal one’s dealings from the FBI, who were already investigating the Trump campaign. But any potential collusion that might have taken place did not visibly benefit the Russians in any way, it has however benefited the Israelis since Jared Kushner, a strong proponent of Israel, is now in charge of Peace in the Middle East.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Tribeca Film Festival, Manhattan, 14 April 2015. (Dreamstime / © Vonora)
Almost every American politician has a strong bias for Israel. Some have it out of their animosity toward the Muslim refugees, others to pander to the far-right voters who also hold animosity toward the Muslims. So it won’t be fair to say that Kushner is the only White House official in history to have a bias for Israel. It is, however, safe to say that Kushner is the first administration official in history to have concealed the true extent of his bias toward Israel from the American people.
On the same day as the Flynn indictment that confirmed Kushner’s efforts to sway a UN resolution condemning Israel, Newsweek broke the news that Jared Kushner had failed to disclose to the Office of Government Ethics his co-directorship at Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation, a group that funded illegal Israeli settlements. In addition to this foundation’s contribution of $38,000 to the illegal cause, Kushner foundation donated an extra $20,000 to the same settlements.
The revelation came from researchers at the American bridge who suggested that Kushner’s failure to disclose his co-directorship may have been more than an honest mistake that helped Kushner secure his job of negotiating Peace in the Middle East. The group’s research director, Pat Dennis added:
“At the very least, his security clearance needs to be revoked immediately. He has no business accessing sensitive national security information.”
Had Jared Kushner disclosed involvement in the above-quoted donations to the Office of Government Ethics, they might have seen it as a potential conflict of interest, which would have barred him from serving in the Government position.
Since the first-ever governmental step Kushner took even before coming into power was aimed at safeguarding a foreign nation while holding in contempt the laws of the United States, what right does he have to hold a security clearance?🔷