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During an appearance on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, claimed there are a multitude of reasons to believe that Jared Kushner is the FBI informant working with the Justice Department before the Mar-a-Lago search -- possibly to avoid a criminal investigation of his own.
Agreeing with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that there is something suspicious about the fact there is no hint that the DOJ is scrutinizing Kushner's $2 billion business deal with the Saudis, the ex-president's niece said that should raise red flags for her uncle.
"We need to look at the potential pool of people which would be very, very small that would benefit from -- potentially benefit from -- the documents that Donald allegedly stole," she suggested. "You have to look seriously at Jared Kushner in that instance because, first of all, he was not supposed to get security clearance and that decision by top security professionals was overridden."
"He recently got $2 billion from the Saudi government to fund this hedge fund company he started," she continued. "Nobody has been asking tough questions about why wasn't he supposed to get a security clearance? Why was that overridden? Also, why haven't we heard anything from this guy for months now?"
"So let me just take what you've said and put it back this way," host Witt interjected. "Would it mean that by cooperating with the government Jared Kushner or someone in his world would then be immune or at least escape, you know, further investigation, any prosecution if he did anything wrong, maybe, if he did something wrong?"
"Yeah, two things: first of all we know how this works," Trump replied. "We know they always want to get the bigger fish. So, if somebody like Jared is in a position to see that he might be in a lot of trouble, there's really only one person who has more power, more interest than he does in these documents, right?"
"The other thing we need to remember about Donald's relationship with his children and probably with his son-in-law," she continued. "It's entirely conditional and transactional. The point at which one party begins to realize that there is nothing in it for him or her anymore is the point at which they part ways.'
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A Fox News segment on Sunday examined reports that former President Donald Trump may have "illegally transferred" documents to foreign adversaries.
"Did former President Trump try to sell, share the highly classified material to the Russians or to the Saudis or others?" Fox News host Eric Shawn asked. "Or were the documents innocently mishandled and stored because he thought he had a legal right to have them?"
Shawn noted that Russian state media has claimed that Russian officials have seen the documents.
Former intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be in possession of documents that were stored at Mar-a-Lago.
"The real question, Eric, is what Russian President Putin has already done?" Koffler explained. "The truth is the United States is the top target for KGB operative Putin and his spy services. And Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump's estate, is a counterintelligence nightmare, meaning that spies from all over the world, Russia, China and beyond are always on the hunt to lay their hands on top secret information, especially something that is related to nuclear warfare doctrine."
Shawn concluded that the documents were not well secured if federal officials had to ask Trump's staff to put a lock on the storage room.
"We don't know where these documents were floating around," he said.
"The fact that those boxes were not secure is a really grave concern," Koffler remarked. "Apparently some of the documents that were lying around there also were top secret and code word. That is a huge concern. There are various ways that intelligence tradecraft could suck out all kinds of information."
Koffler, however, found it improbable that Trump would personally sell the documents.
But Shawn reminded the guest that Trump had previously been accused of leaking classified information to Russian officials while he was president.
"We see Russian media exploding today with this coverage of this issue and siding with President Trump," Koffler pointed out. "But that is because they want to divide our society. They understand that President Trump is a hot button for us. And by amplifying this type of issue, they know that they could rip our country apart."
"Eventually what they are hoping to do is heat up the situation so much to the point that social unrest would erupt in America," she concluded. "That is Putin's goal."
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Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, one of Donald Trump's biographers speculated that the former president might have thought he could cash in on some of the documents that he took from the White House that the FBI confiscated from Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Bloomberg editor Tim O'Brien speculated that Trump may have had a childlike fascination with some of the papers he took and thought he could sell them at some point.
"How plausible is it that he tried to hold onto letters from likes of Kim Jong-un and why would he do it?" Witt asked.
"Well I think that is the question at the heart of this, " he began. "Part of the motivation is what's in the documents and we don't fully know either of those things. We may never fully find out what's in the documents if the classification prevents them from going fully public."
"I think, in terms of his own motivation, I think of it in three baskets, " he continued. "One that is explainable is that Trump is a 7-year-old grown old and he wanted to keep things like schematics for Air Force One and things like that that I don't think are a threat to national security but they were classified and he wanted them for himself."
"I think the more important motivations are greed and reputational," he added. "That he'd think he could sell some of these things on the open market. We need to find out also if the documents contain things that would damage his reputation that he wanted to keep out of the public purview."
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