While there’s still uncertainty over when we’ll come to any sort of definitive conclusion concerning the on-going investigations into whether or not Donald Trump committed treason by colluding with Russian officials during the 2016 election, things aren’t looking good for supporters of “The Donald.” This strikes me as one of those situations that once it’s all said and done, it’s going to go down as one of, if not the, biggest scandals we’ve ever experienced. There’s simply too much going on for these allegations to be nothing more than random rumors and a string of coincidences.
For instance, recent revelations that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner lied to the FBI about meetings with foreign agents, including Russian officials, during his screening process to obtain top-secret security clearance. If he had nothing to hide, then why did he lie?
Nevertheless, if you ask Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Kushner likely committed perjury when he failed to disclose these meetings to the FBI, a crime that carries with it a five-year prison sentence.
“It’s hard to imagine that omitting on… that when you have a form that says, you answer completely under penalty of perjury, you don’t omit anything under penalty of perjury, that you omit dozens of meetings with foreign officials, when they specifically ask about that,” Nadler stated.
“He met with the Russian ambassador, he met with security people, or at least people who had graduated from the security school of the FSB, the successor to the KGB, and he omits that?,” he continued. “Now, what is that, absent-mindedness?”
But that’s when he got to the seriousness of Kushner’s lying to the FBI.
“The fact that he submitted a materially false statement to the FBI for security clearance is a very bad thing, and it’s potentially a criminal act with a five-year penalty, and pending straightening this up, we’re saying his security clearance should be revoked,” Nadler said.
This goes back to what I’ve said all along. People who have nothing to hide don’t lie the way Trump and so many people around him have when it comes to these Russian allegations. Not only has Trump’s behavior been a nearly textbook example of someone who’s desperately trying to conceal the truth, so has the behavior of many people he’s surrounded himself with who’ve been caught lying about meetings or concealing the fact that they occurred until after the truth of these events was finally exposed.
The truth is, if Trump wasn’t worried about these allegations, he wouldn’t be lashing out at those reporting on them or trying to undermine the credibility of the agencies investigating them. Furthermore, if nothing unethical had taken place during the campaign, then I’m not sure why so many people around Trump were trying to hide the fact that they were meeting and/or communicating with Russian officials. This is not the behavior of people who are innocent. This is how people act when they’re desperately trying to cover up something they really hope never becomes public.
But even if Kushner never faces any criminal charges for apparently lying to the FBI about these meetings, I am in 100 percent agreement with Rep. Nadler that he has no business having top-secret clearance after failing to divulge these events during his screening process.
Watch the video below via CNN: