Donald Trump Just Threw Jared Kushner Under the Bus and Blamed Him For Catastrophe
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation produced its first indictments this week, and the mood in the Trump administration is tense as the Russia probe’s meticulous sleuthing has everyone feeling vulnerable.
And based on interviews with Trump advisers and friends by Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, it seems Trump is ready to throw son-in-law Jared Kushner under the bus as he looks for an endgame.
“Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg told Vanity Fair.
And as Trump lashes out in response to the investigation, it could very well be Kushner he casts aside next.
Jared Kushner sits behind President Trump during today's Cabinet meeting. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) pic.twitter.com/71SyGog5rp
— Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) November 1, 2017
Trump reportedly spoke to Steve Bannon in a private call and blamed Kushner for Trump’s decision to fire former national security advisor Mike Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey, leading to Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. Flynn appeared to have questionable ties to Russia and Comey was investigating the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow.
Sources said Trump also recently agreed with Republican political consultant Roger Stone when the latter said Kushner had been giving him “bad political advice.”
Nunberg said this view of Kushner is common in conservative circles.
“Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history,” Nunberg told Vanity Fair. “I’m only saying publicly what everyone says behind the scenes at Fox News, in conservative media, and the Senate and Congress.”
VF: Bannon recently told people he's not sure Trump would survive a 25th Amendment vote with members of the Cabinet.https://t.co/bmoTEGYud7
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 1, 2017
The news comes as both Stone and Bannon urge Trump to adopt strategies that could stave off the seemingly inevitable impeachment talks. Both want Mueller’s investigation defunded and Bannon thinks a more aggressive legal team is needed. Stone has apparently suggested Trump should call for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.