Jared and Ivanka Suddenly Leave The Country as Mueller Drops The Hammer (Bluedot Daily link): Just before the news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was about to begin making arrests, Jared Kushner left the country with no real explanation as to why he was leaving. The trip was completely unannounced to the public.
While he was back early Monday morning around the time of the arrests (reportedly for a surprise birthday party for his wife), he’s now leaving the country again amid the speculation that Mueller is making even more progress. Is he running? Who knows for sure.
Kushner went to Saudi Arabia over the weekend and the White House said his leaving is part of strategy is to try to draw in neighboring Arab leaders to play a role in Middle East peace. “Jared has always been driven to try and solve the Israel-Palestinian dispute,” said billionaire real estate investor Tom Barrack, a longtime friend and close Trump confidant. “The key to solving that dispute is Egypt. And the key to Egypt is Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.”
Now, Jared Kushner is he’s headed back there and this time with Ivanka Trump. The timing seems suspicious, to say the least.
The is not a family vacation. The Jewish Chronicle shared that Kushner requested a rabbinical pass to travel on Shabbat to Saudia Arabia. So he’s making this trip twice in one week which raises all the red flags we have.
The first trip may have been out of fear of arrest (despite the White House’s explanation as to why he went), which could mean there are more arrests coming this time around too.
It could also mean he’s doing more business deals that he’s not proud of and this time Ivanka is going to be involved as well.
It appears he’s afraid of what we all suspect; he’s going to get arrested…it’s just a matter of when.
Mod: It is a wonder that more Trump officials aren't taking flight.
Now comes the question of who’s next. Some names are easier to guess than others, based on existing grand juries and previous leaks. But now the experts are focusing on seven names who could be the next to be arrested – and most of them are major players in the scandal.
This week we saw the arrests of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates, along with the announcement of the earlier secret arrest of Trump adviser George Papadopoulos. Now Mueller may be looking to make it an even ten.
A source inside Trump’s inner circle has given seven additional names to CBS News (link). The first two are not a surprise: Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who is the focus of a federal grand jury in Virginia, and Michael Flynn Jr, who is alleged to have conspired with his father.
Trump campaign official Sam Clovis is also on the list; he reportedly testified before a Mueller grand jury this week, and it’s unknown if he was testifying in his own defense or in a case against another player. Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is on the list, which may explain why the Senate Intelligence Committee recently canceled his scheduled public testimony at the last minute.
The two names that may raise the most eyebrows are Jared Kushner and Felix Sater. Kushner is Trump’s son-in-law, and this week it was reported that he began cooperating with Robert Mueller in relation to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, suggesting that Kushner may be trying to fend off a possible arrest.
Sater is a convicted Russian mafia money launderer who conducted significant real estate business with Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, suggesting that his arrest could be an attempt to get him to flip on Trump’s kids.
Mod: Just so you know, it isn't only Ken and Barbie who may have headed for foreign shores. Donald Trump's rough pals on the Alt-Right have already hit the gates.
The migration began as early as 2016, when groups like the United Aryan Front flocked to VKontakte, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. But it has amplified in recent months after the white-supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, said Keegan Hankes, an analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many white nationalists and organizations found themselves banned from U.S. social-media sites after the rallies, which climaxed when a white supremacist killed counterprotester Heather Heyer with his car.
The shift to Russian social media shows just how difficult it is to contain radical groups on social-networking sites. Social networks face the same challenge with many forms of extremism: Jihadi groups, for example, turned to encrypted networks like Telegram after being thrown off Facebook and Twitter. Even there, their channels are repeatedly shut down, only to resurface. And white supremacists, too, are re-emerging on less restrictive and newer social networks.
“After they got kicked off these platforms, they’re finding a new place to live,” Hankes told The Daily Beast. “You even saw some people self-deporting from these websites, going to places where their content would be safer.”
Mod: Strange days we're living in.