Did Jared Kushner try to protect President Trump from himself?
Former FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee provided a peek into the role played by first son-in-law and top adviser.
Kushner, according to Comey, was in the room at the White House with Trump, Kushner and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when the president sought to have a private word with the FBI director.
Kushner and Sessions, according to Comey, “lingered” for a while in the room, sensing that leaving the president alone with the FBI director could be a bad idea.
The lingering, however, didn’t help. Eventually Kushner and Sessions had to leave the room.
And Trump, left alone with Comey, raised the issue of Micheal Flynn’s investigation, pushing the lawman to drop the probe.
In hindsight, it looks like Kushner would have done his father-in-law a favor by refusing to leave the room.
Nathan Guttman, staff writer, was the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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