Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump Accused of Violating Presidential Records Act

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump Accused of Violating Presidential Records Act March 21, 2019

Nepotism continues to be a problem for the Trump White House.

You have to fix this scenario in your head to understand what is going on in the most high levels of the American government, at this moment.

A reality TV huckster, with a long, checkered history of corruption and con jobs, infidelities in both his business and personal life, manages to make it to the Big Show. He’s in the White House, sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

El Presidente.

Does the presidency make a bad man better? Can that happen?

While the weight of such responsibility may cause others to shine, if one’s entire life is cowardice and scheming, it is quite unlikely.

Now, consider that this pox brings in his equally corrupt and ambitious offspring, and with absolutely no government experience, he appoints them to high levels of influence in his Cabinet.

Consider all the ways this scenario could go wrong, and you’ve got our president, and the situation with his daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as her husband, Jared Kushner.

Both Kushner and Ivanka Trump are serving as senior aides to the president, and both have his ear.

In fact, Trump has rolled a vast catalogue of duties into the hands of his son-in-law, covering everything from solving the opioid crisis to the Middle East peace process.

Meanwhile, Kushner’s greatest achievement, to date, is being born into a family of investors and real estate developers struggling to keep the business from going belly up.

Since joining the administration, Kushner’s scandals have almost kept in perfect time with President Trump’s.

First of all, there were his multiple attempts to get his security clearance paperwork right. He kept “forgetting” about the foreign contacts he’d made during the campaign that he was required to report.

A recent story emerged that suggested that the security clearance he got, against the advice of the intelligence community and then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, came after his father-in-law demanded he receive it.

Other curious bits about Jared Kushner’s time in the White House include overtures made by his family to foreign investors, as they sought to keep the family business afloat.

The suggestion was that because of Kushner’s relationship to the president, these foreign investors could potentially gain access to the United States president, through him.

There’s also a matter of Kushner’s close relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Some believe that relationship is what kept the Trump administration from issuing a more forceful response to MBS’ order of the murder of a journalist residing in the United States.

That should be troubling enough, but it doesn’t end with him.

Daddy’s little princess, Ivanka Trump, has inserted herself into multiple policy decisions, which is not her role.

Nobody is really questioning at great length the multiple new trademarks her business scored with China, after her dad took office.

On Thursday, the attention has turned to an issue that should be of great interest to the “Lock her up!” crowd.

According to members of the House Oversight and Reform Committee they’ve received information that Kushner, as well as Ivanka Trump have continued to use unsecure apps and personal emails to conduct sensitive government business.

This isn’t a sudden, “OOPS!” moment, where they didn’t realize it was wrong. They’ve been warned before.

The WhatsApp encryption service has been plagued by security issues, making it an intensely unreliable means of communicating official business.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Thursday that the panel gained confirmation from Kushner’s attorney indicating that Kushner “continues to use” the encrypted message service for government business, Politico reported Thursday.

And while using your personal email account to do government business is not forbidden, you are required to forward those communications to an official account, in order that they will be part of government record, per the Presidential Records Act.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner have not been doing what is required of them.

Why not?

Said Cummings:

“The White House’s failure to provide documents and information is obstructing the Committee’s investigation into allegations of violations of federal records laws by White House officials,” Cummings wrote.

“In fact, as you know, the White House has not produced a single piece of paper to the Committee in the 116th Congress—in this or any other investigation,” he continued.

Among other things Cummings and the committee are looking for would be transcripts or records of President Trump’s secretive communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The White House has refused to turn over any records, claiming to do so would hinder Trump’s ability to conduct matters related to foreign policy.

Cummings, who flashed the power of the subpoena, says he is asking the White House to confirm by March 28 whether the White House plans to “comply voluntarily with its requests or whether the Committee should consider alternative means to obtain the information it needs to conduct its investigation.”

I’m going to say, just fire off those subpoenas. Donald Trump fears Putin far more than the U.S. government.

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  • Now lets be fair, who could have foreseen all of this happening?

    “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” ~Noah Webster, History of the United States (1832)


  • JASmius

    Utterly no surprise. Trump is going to blanket stonewall everything. Not “You can’t have THESE documents” but “You can’t have ANY documents”. This enables him to not have to be specific about what documents he wants concealed more than others. Of course, it will make Cummings, Nadler, Schiff, et al, have to subpoena everything, and the White House will blow off the subpoenas, and the House Committees will take him to court, and he’ll fight them all the way to the SCOTUS, where he’ll probably lose.. What will that get Trump? Months, and probably years (he thinks he’s going to be reelected, remember) of delay of releasing documents he really doesn’t want to become public (Remember that Nixon’s fight against having to release the Oval Office tapes lasted a full year). Plus the petty, puerile satisfaction of what he considers to be “winning”. It redefines the term “gridlock”.

    When I describe Trump’s presidential style as “governing by extended middle fingers,” I’m being neither metaphorical nor exaggerating.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I have not heard that particular description of governing before.

    While I like the sentiment however, I find the verbiage cumbersome – not at all a bumper-sticker, rolls-off-the-tongue-type of description. Also a bit crude to use in mixed or child-present company….

    Having said all that, I really cannot think of any way to improve on the sentiment and still convey the central idea……

    I also agree with your predictions. Trump will not only stonewall, but will likely throw in some twitter insults that the Democrats have the NERVE to ask him for documents or to demand that he provide ANYTHING to his obvious inferiors in the (D) party or even his inferiors in Congress (both parties). I think we’re about to get treated to more Trump narcissism, Trump arrogance and Trump vanity over the next 2 years.

    There IS one bit of good news: Apparently the Trump / GOP campaign is resigned to the expectation that Trump will lose the popular vote in 2020, but believe he will still win the Electoral College. How he plans to do that, I’m not sure because I don’t know of (and cannot think of) any pockets of Trump-love that remain intact and in large enough numbers to swing an election in his favor. What I WOULD expect is a lot more dirty tricks – possibly including foreign meddling again with Trump denying the foreign interference all the way. I simply cannot believe that there are enough Trump-lovers that have not felt the impact of his tariffs and job-layoffs due to the tariffs and other economic meddling he has engaged in or that have not been repulsed by the blatant nepotism and outright lying that both Trump and the GOP have engaged in over the past 2 years (with no sign of change for the next 2 years).

  • Stephen

    I hope you do not mind me borrowing this quote.

  • Hi Stephen

    Glad you liked it and hope you will pass it along. Here are a couple more as well. I apologize for the length of the first one, but I couldn’t bring myself to condense it.

    “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man. We must not conclude merely upon a man’s haranguing upon liberty, and using the charming sound, that he is fit to be trusted with the liberties of his country. It is not unfrequent to hear men declaim loudly upon liberty, who, if we may judge by the whole tenor of their actions, mean nothing else by it but their own liberty, — to oppress without control or the restraint of laws all who are poorer or weaker than themselves. It is not, I say, unfrequent to see such instances, though at the same time I esteem it a justice due to my country to say that it is not without shining examples of the contrary kind; — examples of men of a distinguished attachment to this same liberty I have been describing; whom no hopes could draw, no terrors could drive, from steadily pursuing, in their sphere, the true interests of their country; whose fidelity has been tried in the nicest and tenderest manner, and has been ever firm and unshaken.

    The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.” ~Samuel Adams (1748)

    “I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there is not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.” ~James Madison, Speech at Virginia’s Ratifying Convention (1788)

  • JASmius

    He won’t win the Electoral College. His dumb trade wars alone have already cost him Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and maybe even Ohio. That’d be seventy Electoral Votes right there, and his 2016 baseline only has a buffer half that size. (35 EVs). That doesn’t take into account how razor-close Florida always is and how Arizona is drifting in the same “blue” direction Nevada went, and what’s he doing currently? Viciously and relentlessly attacking John McCain, which Arizonans aren’t going to forget. And if even Trump’s own campaign is conceding that they’re going to lose the popular vote again – almost by definition by a significantly larger margin – then they’re as much as admitting that their candidate is doomed, but are terrified of candidly coming out and saying it.

    I’ve long said that the Trumpidency is a four-year GOP hostage crisis. I’ve yet to see any contrary evidence.

  • Ellen Elmore

    JASmuis, “The Trumpidency is 4 year GOP hostage crisis.” Thanks for the great last line. I hope you don’t mind if I use it.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I believe the GOP to be complicit in the Trumpidency.

    I believe the hostages of the Trumpidency are the American people, the American economy, and America’s national security and the overthrow of the constitutional structure of our government is the ransom being demanded to do only damage instead of complete destruction.

  • chemical

    I’m originally from Ohio, and the people there have been hit hard by the Trump presidency. GM shuttering that plant and shipping those jobs to Mexico — after getting a tax cut — is going to firmly cement that state blue. The people in that area did NOT support Clinton in 2016. It’s also worth noting that Trump won Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan on razor thin margins, and those states went blue during the midterms last year (Wisconsin flipped all statewide offices).

  • Ronald Langdon

    Total gossip foolishness. Susan will not get it in her head and her readers that justice is just beginning to be served against the gang in the deep state. Susan stays away from the real things that are taking place that will bring charges to Obama,Clinton and all the doj ,FBI participants.Its too bad that her writings are merely “should”,”could”,”maybe” “hopefully””let’s see” “wonder”etc.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Let’s not forget that Texas and Tennessee (two historically deep red states – just to name 2) went from ‘fat’ GOP margins to ‘razor-thin’ ones in the midterms as 20-30-point margins were pared to single-digits. Those margins may well have further eroded as the Trump/GOP support base dwindles because of tariffs, lack of success on his wall campaign and because of the Republicans proving (once again) they have no intention of making good on their campaign pledges.

    We keep hearing about how the GOP is overwhelmingly in support of Trump, but the GOP alone cannot win elections – they need the support of a majority of independent and conservative voters as well – support they likely no longer have.

    I DO note that the tone of Trump’s tweets continues to get shriller and shriller (more and more desperate) as we move toward 2020 and his edicts continue to fail to move the prosperity and self-respect needles of the country and his lack of completed trade deals demonstrates his utter incompetence and that of everyone that sacrificed their common sense and reputations to support him.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    It would be nice to see justice brought to Lois Learner, both Clintons, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, both Wieners, etc, but Trump will not do it nor will any GOP rep have the guts to do so because they are all compromised. Any move against the Democrat autocrats would result in their own destruction because of the compromising information the Democrats have on them.