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Why did Kushner try to hide his “back channel” to Moscow from U.S. intelligence? | May 27, 2017

“This is way beyond a private server”: Four questions on Kushner’s “back channel” to Russia

|| HotAir

“Intel pros tell Business Insider they can’t believe it. Not the fact that Kushner and Team Trump would want a “back channel” to Moscow; that happens all the time when governments (in this case a government-in-waiting) want to speak frankly about potential policy shifts without public pressure. What they can’t believe is that Kushner allegedly wanted to do it using the Russians’ own secure communication apparatus. The only reason to do that would be to hide the conversation from U.S. intelligence, which is listening in on all of Russia’s less secure lines.

Why would Kushner be worried about the feds knowing what he was saying to the Kremlin?

Another former CIA analyst made the same point: If he’d tried to do an end-around federal surveillance in talking to Russia, he’d have been booked for espionage. “This is way beyond a private server,” said a former FBI counterintelligence specialist to BI. “This is doing US government diplomatic business over a foreign government’s communication system. It’s not an off-the-record conversation. It’s a conversation recorded by the opposing party.”

That’s question one, the big one — why did Kushner want to use Russian diplomats’ secure line to Moscow instead of some official means of communication monitored by the U.S. government? And why did he reportedly conceal the extent of his contact with Russian officials? If all of this is no big deal, it’s odd that Jared seems to have been highly allergic to the public finding out about any of it. Imagine the havoc it would have wreaked if he were spotted walking into a Russian diplomatic building during the transition to use their red line to Putin. The whole reason Flynn was dumped, per Sally Yates, was that the Russians could have blackmailed him by using their own recording of him talking sanctions with Kislyak against him. Now here’s Jared wanting to use the Russians’ own line to discuss sensitive matters. What could go wrong?

In the end, though, everything comes back to question one. Why did Kushner try to hide his “back channel” to Moscow from U.S. intelligence? There are two theories kicking around, one suggesting corruption and the other pointing to dunderheadedness. The corruption theory holds that Kushner didn’t really want to discuss Syria with Russia, that that’s just a cover story fed to the Times last night to make this seem less suspicious. What he wanted to talk about was money.

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One last note: Even Reuters’s sources, amid hint-hinting at a corruption possibility for Kushner’s actions, admit that “so far they have not seen evidence of any wrongdoing or collusion between the Trump camp and the Kremlin.” As shady as Kushner’s behavior looks, there’s still nothing like a smoking gun pointing to malfeasance rather than incompetence. Exit question: Is there really such a thing as a “secure line” in Russia’s diplomatic facilities that Kushner could have used to talk privately with Moscow, without U.S. intelligence knowing? Given the NSA’s powers, it’s hard to believe they haven’t cracked that nut yet. Which means Kushner’s lucky that the “secret channel” never came to be. American spies probably would have heard every “secret” word that he or Flynn said to the Kremlin.”

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Senior White House official Jared Kushner is currently a business partner of Goldman Sachs Group and George Soros | May 03, 2017

Report: Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose $1 Billion in Loans, Investment Ties to Goldman Sachs, George Soros and Chinese Co. Alibaba

|| Breitbart

President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner didn’t disclose his part ownership of a real-estate finance startup known as Cadre, according to a Wall Street Journal review of Kushner’s securities and other filings.

The Journal notes that Kushner’s Cadre stake “means the senior White House official is currently a business partner of Goldman Sachs Group and billionaires including George Soros and Peter Thiel.” The Journal also reports that Kushner didn’t disclose a number of loans “totaling at least $1 billion, from more than 20 lenders,” on properties and companies he co-owns; and Kushner “has also provided personal guarantees on more than $300 million of the debt.” An analysis of the debt on these assets “found ties to a broad swath of U.S. and foreign banks, private-equity firms, real-estate companies and government-owned lenders.”

From Jean Eaglesham, Juliet Chung, and Lisa Schwartz reporting in the Wall Street Journal:

[Kushner’s lawyer Jamie] Gorelick said the Cadre stake is described in a revised version of [Kushner’s] financial-disclosure form that will be made public after it has been certified by ethics officials. She said Mr. Kushner has previously discussed his Cadre ownership with the Office of Government Ethics and that Mr. Kushner has “resigned from Cadre’s board, assigned his voting rights, and reduced his ownership share.” A spokesman for the Office of Government Ethics didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Kushner co-founded Cadre in 2014 with his brother Joshua and Ryan Williams, a 29-year-old friend and former employee of Kushner Cos., the family-controlled business that Mr. Kushner ran until recently. Cadre markets properties to prospective investors, who can put their money into specific buildings or into an investment fund run by Cadre, which collects fees on each deal.

To get off the ground, Cadre turned to a Goldman Sachs fund and a number of high-profile investors. Among them were the venture-capital firms of Mr. Thiel, Silicon Valley’s most prominent supporter of Mr. Trump, and Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems Inc., according to Cadre’s website. Other backers include Chinese entrepreneur David Yu, co-founder with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Jack Ma of a Shanghai-based private-equity firm, hedge-fund manager Daniel Och and real-estate magnate Barry Sternlicht, people close to Cadre said.

Cadre also secured a $250 million line of credit from the family office of George Soros, a top Democratic donor whom Mr. Trump criticized during his presidential campaign, the people close to the company said. Mr. Soros’s family office is also an investor in Cadre.”

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Comey: Why no, we won’t be charging Huma Abedin for forwarding classified emails to Anthony Weiner

|| HotAir

“Say this for the guy: He may be misapplying federal statutes but he’s misapplying them consistently, at least as far as Team Clinton goes. Ed noted earlier that Comey revealed this morning that Huma was forwarding emails to Weiner to print out for Hillary’s perusal. Did Huma realize that was illegal? Nope, says Comey, and that was the key. Somehow the thought didn’t occur to Hillary’s top aide that transmitting sensitive correspondence involving the world’s most powerful diplomat to unauthorized recipients might tickle the boundaries of what federal law permits.

Is Comey right, though, that there’s no crime here so long as Abedin didn’t intend to mishandle classified information? Nope. The statute is clear:

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Sending classified info to the private laptop of someone who isn’t authorized to receive it because you can’t be bothered to print it out yourself does sound suspiciously like gross negligence, especially given Weiner’s other computer pastimes and the opportunities they created for foreign blackmail. (Weiner’s participation here makes the negligence “gross” in every sense of the word.) But then, so does setting up your own private “homebrew” email server to conduct official state business. Comey decided last summer that it doesn’t matter what the federal statute actually says; Congress can write whatever laws it wants but when it comes to applying them, prior DOJ practice will guide the FBI in recommending charges, not the text of the law. And DOJ practice requires proof of knowledge or intent, not mere gross negligence, to justify filing charges, never mind that no one as high up as a Secretary of State had ever been credibly accused of violating this particular statute before. If Hillary’s gross negligence wasn’t enough to get her charged, then Huma’s gross negligence isn’t enough either.”

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Paul Ryan’s Spending Bill Forbids Funding for Trump Wall – But Allows Funding for Border Security in Middle East

|| theGatewayPundit

“House Republicans released its $1.1 trillion 1,665 page spending bill that includes an average of approximately 210 words per page — —or about twice as long as the stimulus law (the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”) that President Barack Obama signed less than a month after his inauguration in 2009.

Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP leaders inserted language that specifically restricts any and all funding of the Trump border wall.

However Paul Ryan’s bill will provide funding for border security in Jordan and Lebanon.”

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Kushner Fails to Disclose Business Partnership with George Soros | May 02, 2017

Kushner Failed to Disclose Business Dealings with Globalist George Soros

|| theGatewayPundit

“The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Senior White House advisor, Jared Kushner did NOT include information regarding his ownership in a real-estate finance venture, which makes him business partners with the infamous globalist and Obama-puppet master, George Soros.

Also, Via The Daily Caller:

Kushner also failed to disclose loans totaling $1 billion from more than 20 lenders, the Journal reported.

The Real Deal, a New York real estate news site, reported in January that Soros provided Cadre — the company owned by Trump’s senior adviser — with a $250 million line of credit. That appears to confirm Business Insider’s reporting in 2016 that an unnamed, wealthy New York-based family opened up a $250 million line of credit to Cadre. Soros lives in New York.

Kushner’s ownership stake in real-estate startup Cadre makes him business parters with Soros, Peter Thiel and other billionaires, as well as Goldman Sachs, according to the Journal.

Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner, told the Journal that the president’s son-in-law discussed his stake in Cadre with the Office of Government Ethics and also “resigned from Cadre’s board, assigned his voting rights, and reduced his ownership share,” the Journal reported, adding that Kushner is expected to make public a new, revised financial disclosure form.”

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Report: Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Business Dealings With George Soros

|| DailyCaller

“Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner didn’t include his ownership in a real-estate finance company that makes him business partners with George Soros when filing financial disclosure forms, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

That Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, wasn’t open about his business dealings with Soros — a left-wing billionaire funding activists fiercely opposed to the president’s agenda — is unlikely to go over well with Trump’s base.

Kushner’s ownership stake in real-estate startup Cadre makes him business parters with Soros, Peter Thiel and other billionaires, as well as Goldman Sachs, according to the Journal.

Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner, told the Journal that the president’s son-in-law discussed his stake in Cadre with the Office of Government Ethics and also “resigned from Cadre’s board, assigned his voting rights, and reduced his ownership share,” the Journal reported, adding that Kushner is expected to make public a new, revised financial disclosure form.

The White House did not immediately respond to TheDC’s request for comment.

Kushner has taken on increased responsibilities within the Trump White House in recent months, while Steve Bannon, the populist former head of Breitbart News, has seen his role in the West Wing diminished.”

….Continue reading more @ DailyCaller

The Scandalous Kushner Building History in NYC | Apr 18, 2017

The scandalous history behind Kushner’s ritzy Midtown building

| New York Post

“One recent rainy evening, the Rev. Al Sharpton, in a slim-cut, pinstriped gray suit, knifed through a sea of 1-percenters 41 floors above Midtown.

Through windows framed by blue velvet curtains, giant towers played peek-a-boo through the March mist. Around the mahogany-paneled rooms, rich guys mostly in jeans and a few long-legged women were lost in cigar smoke, which suffused the Grand Havana Room like an alien atmosphere.

The private stogie club atop 666 Fifth Ave. has been one of Manhattan’s most privileged aeries for 20 years. Its denizens are mostly Hollywood and Wall Street movers and shakers who pay $7,500 to join plus $325 more per month.

It’s a puzzle how often-broke Sharpton can afford a place described as “an Olympian den for what Tom Wolfe called ‘Masters of the Universe.’ ”

Odder still is that a rollicking refuge for 900-odd cigar lovers — boasting a screening room, private game rooms and 500 humidors — should exist at all on the penthouse floor of a Midtown office skyscraper.

But smoke and a scandalous history have long shared satanically addressed, money-hemorrhaging 666 Fifth Ave.

The building’s owner, Kushner Companies, was until a few months ago headed by the family of President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, now his top adviser. To bail itself out of the jam at deep-in-the-red 666, the Kushner company needs a partner to kick in $2 billion and add about 40 floors, turning it into a 1,400-foot-tall cloudbuster designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid.

After proudly rising amidst the 20th-century Manhattan skyline, and changing hands three times, 666 Fifth Ave. has become a devil’s bargain for Kushner.

In the late 1950s, Tishman Realty and Construction wanted its new 666 Fifth Ave. to stand out from the herd of flat-topped new skyscrapers. It dressed the facade up in aluminum panels — a result “more dull than glittery,” architectural historian Carter B. Horsley wrote.

The office floors filled up. Alitalia’s elegant ticket office and showroom came to epitomize the era of glamorous air travel.

But what really put 666 Fifth on the map was Top of the Sixes, a 41st-floor restaurant with fabulous views. It featured “Cocktails in the Clouds” for a then-pricey $1.25 and food of which one critic snarked, “Beef stroganoff was a Swiss steak on noodles reminiscent of a hundred airline meals.” In his 2007 memoir, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort recalled lunching at Top of the Sixes with a pal from LF Rothschild, downstairs. “It was where Masters of the Universe could get blitzed on martinis and exchange war stories,” Belfort wrote, as depicted in the 2013 movie.

Tishman Realty sold the tower to Japan’s Sumitomo for $500 million in 1987. The new landlord installed the Grand Havana Room after Top of the Sixes couldn’t afford a new lease. The club was born one day in the 1990s, when investor Stan Shuster was having lunch with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles. As they puffed away outdoors, a woman nearby growled, “Stop smoking cigars,” Shuster told the online magazine Cigars Connect. He vowed to launch places where smokers would feel happy.

The cooing-couples scene at the top of 666 gave way to bicoastal, boldface intrigue. At a 1997 pre-opening bash, the Times caught “Tom Selleck sharing a smoke with Gregory Hines, Laurence Fishburne puffing away with Stephen Baldwin, and Carol Alt lighting an Arturo Fuente for Jennifer Tilly.” In later years, Sharpton would head for a leather armchair in a secluded corner and schmooze with Michael Jordan, Jay-Z and city power players like Rudy Giuliani and John Catsimatidis.

Sumitomo unloaded 666 Fifth in 1998 at a loss to Tishman Speyer — a different company than the original owner — for $518 million, less than what it had spent to buy and upgrade the building. Tishman Speyer in turn put it on the block in the early ’00s and made a fortune. The top bidder was Kushner Companies, a firm founded by Charles Kushner, Jared’s father. It had holdings around the US but not a Manhattan “trophy.” The company’s quest for such a property was clouded by one of the more lurid scandals in real-estate annals.

Charles Kushner learned that his sister Esther’s husband, William Schulder, was cooperating with feds who were investigating him for illegal campaign contributions and tax evasion. For revenge, Charles hired a hooker to seduce Schulder, videotape their sex romp and send the tape to Esther.

The scheme, as described in a July 2004 indictment of Charles Kushner, “read like pulp fiction,” The Post reported. Charles paid the “very attractive, high-end call girl for an elite escort service” $10,000 to lure Schulder to a Bridgewater, NJ, motel after she pretended to need a ride when her car broke down.

Esther turned the tape over to the feds.

He pleaded guilty in 2005 to making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. He served 14 months of a two-year sentence in a federal prison. Before he was released in August 2006, he turned his company’s operations over to Jared, then all of 25.

With Jared at the helm, Kushner Companies paid Tishman Speyer a staggering $1.8 billion, using mostly borrowed money, for 666 Fifth. It was nearly twice as much on a per-square-foot basis as any previous Manhattan building sale. The deal closed on Jared’s birthday, Jan. 10, 2007.

Kushner’s “trophy” couldn’t take in enough rent to cover the debt. By 2009 it was making just 69 cents on rent for every $1 it owed. It’s deeper underwater today, even though Kushner earlier sold its precious store space for $525 million to a partnership in 2008 and a 49 percent stake in the office portion to Vornado in 2011. Thirty percent of its aging offices are vacant, partly because Kushner has kept them off the market to prepare for redevelopment. A $1.2 billion mortgage is due in two years.”

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