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NY Post: There is NOTHING to ‘Kushnergate’

The latest attempt to tar another Team Trump member has backfired big time on the WaPo, and in doing so has empowered the president

(National SentinelFaux Scandals, Faux News: The Democrats and their propaganda wing, a.k.a. the “mainstream” media, have decided the next target in the Trump administration is going to be the president’s son-in-law and close advisor, Jared Kushner.

Boy, what a mistake that was, and for two reasons: 1) Kushner is family, not just an “advisor,” and 2), see reason No. 1.

But also because the latest attempt to tar another member of the Trump administration is also just the latest nothing burger, as noted by the New York Post‘s Paul Sperry (and as we reported May 27):

Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner privately met with dozens of officials from a wide range of nations as part of his role during the campaign and transition as conduit to foreign governments. But the liberal media, led by The Washington Post, have zeroed in on only one of those countries: Russia.

Why? Because the “Russia stole the election” narrative helps them explain how a political novice like President Trump could beat the seasoned Democratic candidate they’d anointed to carry President Barack Obama’s torch, Hillary Clinton.

Sperry notes further that just a couple of months ago, in February, the Post was singing a different tune, painting a fairly flattering picture of the president’s son-in-law. The story talked of Kushner creating “secret back-channel communications” with Mexico and other nations, adding that he was sort of serving as a “shadow secretary of state,” taking the edge off his father-in-law in his new role as leader of the free world as he learned how to deal with foreign diplomats as diplomats, not business rivals.

But then, in May, that all changed: When the Post discovered that Kushner also had some communication with Russian diplomats in December, well then, that became the next cog in the impeachment wheel to help “prove” that “Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election.”

Sperry notes further:

[T]hen, as the manufactured “Russiagate” conspiracy was fizzling, the WaPo published its sensational May 26 story that made it seem as if there was something nefarious about what the paper three months earlier had known Kushner was doing. This time, his private, back-channel meetings with Russia were cast in a dark and sinister light.

The new story, “Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin,” got wall-to-wall coverage on CNN and NBC, but in fact there was no there there.

Not surprisingly, the White House had already explained in March that the supposedly “secret” meeting the previous December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was meant “to explore whether a channel could be set up between the Russian government and the incoming administration to improve relations” and “cooperate on issues in the Middle East, an area Mr. Kushner has been deputized to take the lead on.”

And shortly after the WaPo report, Fox News reported that, no, the request for the back-channel communication came from the Russians, not Kushner, and anyway, it was only a one-off, to discuss Syria. (RELATED: That time when the Washington Post got an anti-Trump story wrong…again)

Worse, the initial Post report was based – now get this – on any anonymous letter. The Post’s editors and reporters working on the story don’t even know who sent it. How’s that for fact-checking the reliability of a source?

Sperry again:

As for their meeting, there’s nothing scandalous or extraordinary about top advisers of a newly elected president reaching out to Russia or any other country. It’s common. It’s called diplomacy.

People associated with Hillary Clinton’s campaign also met with Kislyak. And recall how Obama, as an incumbent candidate in 2012, back-channeled to Vladimir Putin (through then-outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev) that he’d have “more flexibility” to accommodate him on missile defense. Funny how the media elite were cool about those Russian contacts, never suggesting “treason.”

The latest attempt to tar another Team Trump member has backfired big time on the WaPo, and in doing so has empowered the president in a way that only fake news about a family member could.

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