July 25, 2017

Yesterday, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, released a lengthy statement about that much-ballyhooed campaign meeting with a Russian lawyer. It’s probably the most words that have been written to describe nothing since the collected scripts of “Seinfeld.” But he apparently feels, with some justification, that he has to be as painstakingly clear about this to the media as he would be if he were trying to explain the internal combustion engine to a tadpole.

Some samples: “I had no improper contacts. I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government”…He then states that he had no contact with the Russian lawyer before the meeting and no contact with her after the meeting…He didn’t even read the chain of emails leading up to the meeting…Once he arrived at the meeting “a little late,” he quickly determined that his “time was not being well-spent at this meeting,” then texted an assistant, “Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting.”

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It’s worth noting that Trump critics are now attacking Kushner for sending that text, and demanding to know how he can stand up to other nations if he needed an assistant to get him out of a meeting. I think it shows that to some people, no matter what Trump or his family members do, it’s always going to be wrong. Let he or she who has never used the “I have an important call I have to take” excuse to get out of a boring meeting cast the first stone.

Personally, after six months of hearing nothing but “Russia, Russia, Russia” 24/7 and not seeing a scrap of evidence that anyone on the Trump team did anything illegal, I can readily understand how Kushner could have welcomed any excuse to escape from something that had turned into a pointless, mind-numbing time-suck. In fact, I think we all know that feeling by now.


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