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Saturday News: Kushner Wanted Secret Channel to Kremlin?; “Clinton launches new campaign against Trump”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 27. Also, just a reminder that Hillary Clinton should by all rights be president right now, and if she was things would be a million times better in this country.

  • Horrible news.

    Governor McAuliffe Statement on the Passing of Virginia State Trooper Michael T. Walter

    RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement on Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter, who died this morning after being shot in the line of duty yesterday:

    “Dorothy and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Virginia State Police Special Agent Mike Walter, and we are heartbroken for his wife and children. Special Agent Walter was one of our brave men and women in uniform who risk their lives every single day to protect their fellow Virginians. We will be forever grateful for his service and sacrifice.

    “As the community grieves, I ask my fellow Virginians to join me in praying for Mike’s family, friends, and fellow troopers who are suffering from this sudden loss. No words can heal their pain, but we can all honor Mike’s memory by showing gratitude to those who protect and serve every day.”

  • Andy Schmookler

    I feel moved to pay public tribute here to Zbigniew Brzezinski who — as the news summary above reports — has just died at the age of 89.

    I had interaction with him at various points in the 1980s and 1990s, beginning when the Carter administration left office and Zbig came to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where I then was employed to probe the minds of the experts there to distill a picture of what international “contingencies” the United States might anticipate and prepare for.

    Brzezinski’s input into that process was in a class by itself. Indeed, he would be near the top of the most brilliant people I’ve encountered. And most articulate– and this precision in expressing his thoughts was in a language not his native tongue.

    In the 1990s, I also had the experience of disagreeing with him (the substantive issue was whether “nuclear deterrence,” which had worked with the Soviet Kremlin, could be counted on to work similarly with a megalomaniac like Saddam Hussein). In disagreement, Brzezinski remained reliably the gentleman that he was in every other situation.

    Over the years, I have seen many on the left respond with hostility to the very mention of his name. He was a tough-minded cold warrior, and some people of a more dovish point of view regarded him as a foe.

    But in my view, his contributions to the American conversation — including his clear-eyed critiques of W’s disastrous war in Iraq — were always worth listening to.

    Since the first time I talked with him, I have had the utmost respect for Zbigniew Brzezinski.

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Statement on Death of Special Agent Michael T. Walter

    RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring today issued the following statement on the death of Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael T. Walter, who was shot in the line of duty last night.

    “State Police risk their lives every day to keep their fellow Virginians safe, and we are saddened to hear that Special Agent Walter lost his life in the line of duty last night. We are profoundly grateful to him and to all the men and women who protect the people of the Commonwealth through the noble calling that is law enforcement. Our hearts are with Special Agent Walter’s family in the wake of this devastating loss.”

  • Quizzical
  • Robert Reich:

    The coverup continues — and it’s getting closer and closer to Trump himself. 7 new revelations:

    1. The FBI has been investigating Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
    2. Kushner played an active role in the firing of James Comey, the former F.B.I. director. In fact, the New York Times has noted that Kushner specifically “had urged Mr. Trump to fire Mr. Comey.”
    3. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that on December 1 or 2, Kushner and Russian ambassador Kislyak “discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring.”
    4. Later in December, Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, a Russian bank that’s the subject of U.S. sanctions placed on Russia in 2014 after its invasion of Ukraine. Gorkov is also a graduate of Russia’s Academy of the Federal Security Service, which trains the country’s spies.
    5. Kushner failed to disclose either of these meetings on a standard security form, known as a SF-86, that all White House officials must fill out and sign in order to get security clearance.
    6. Reuters reported yesterday evening that Kushner had two additional previously undisclosed phone calls with Kislyak during the presidential campaign.
    7. CNN reported yesterday that FBI investigators are also interested in how Russia helped use computer bots to target and push negative information on Hillary Clinton (and positive information about Trump) on Facebook. Trump campaign’s data analytics operation was supervised by Kushner.

    Trump has distanced himself from the others who are being investigated by the FBI — Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, et al. But Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, has and continues to be one of Trump’s closest confidantes — the kind of person Trump entrusts to do the most delicate deals on his behalf. The question is, what if any deal did Kushner do with the Russians?

  • Elaine Owens

    With regard to Jared Kushner and the investigation into his activities with Russians and Russian banks, I would just follow the advice of Deep Throat during the Watergate investigation: “Follow the money.”