Stuff Going On — 05/27/2017

Egyptian warplanes bomb terrorists sites in Libya in response to the terrorist attack on Egyptian Coptic Christians.

♣ The latest “Get Trump” story (and that’s turning out to be what they all are) is that Jared Kushner sought to establish a back-door channel between the Trump transition team and the Russians, using communication equipment in the Russian embassy.

Kinky.

So, this is a very, very serious story. Everyone agrees. I agree: it’s a serious story and is a serious problem for the Trump administration–if it is true. And that’s the problem I have with all the stories that have been reported over the past few weeks. As in nearly all other cases, this “Kushner-Russia story” relies on unnamed sources. Officials. Persons “in the know”. The Washington Post publishes this stuff, and people go ape-crazy for a while, then the story sort of goes away, because either 1. The WaPo’s sources are lying to them or 2. The WaPo is lying about having actual sources.

A good question about this story is: “If Jared Kushner really did this, why is he not in jail right now?” The answer: He didn’t really “do this”. That is, he never actually opened a secret, back-door communication link with the Russians through the Russian embassy. He may have posited the idea, but I’m not sure that suggesting a course of action that may be illegal is something that can get you arrested.

Besides all that, we only know this because of–again, unnamed–sources who claim that they listened to the tapes of the Russian ambassador as he conversed with his boss in Moscow. The Russian ambassador told his boss that Jared proposed a back-door channel. At this point, I want to throw my hands in the air. I think I will…

That feels a mite better. So, we are supposed to believe unnamed sources who claim that Jared Kushner did this horrible thing based on a conversation that the Russian ambassador had with his boss in Moscow? I guess there is no way that the ambassador was lying to his boss, or feeding false information because he knew that U.S. Intelligence agents were listening.

In addition to all that, I should point out (and John Podhoretz said something similar in a tweet storm) that the Intelligence Community (the “IC”, as they say) has proven itself unreliable as a keeper of secrets. Trump knew, or at least suspected, that holdovers from the Obama administration were monitoring his communications. He wanted to communicate with the Russians without having his conversation recorded and published to the WaPo. So, there was a meeting, where options were discussed. The Russian ambassador–reportedly; again, this is all hearsay until we have some actual names–declined Jared’s offer to establish a “back door” communications channel.

Here is an excellent article by Robert Wenzel about this story.

The WaPo and its groupies need to get a grip; they are slowly shedding any tiny bit of credibility they have due to this constant barrage of Trump-bashing that turns out to be nothing at all.

It’s like hunting for whale fossils and finding a lion fossil.

♦ If you want to argue against Trump, here is a more effective, and honest, method: the Trump “budget cuts” are not, actually cuts.

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