The New York Times last week reported that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has used his international relationships that he built while working in the Trump White House to start his own investment fund.
Former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman explained to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Monday that Kushner is probably operating above board, but it doesn't mean that it isn't sketchy.
Wallace noted that while working for the president, Kushner was essentially in charge of everything, including working with Middle Eastern countries in diplomatic efforts to normalize relations with Israel.
"He was in charge of everything, but now he's raising money from Middle Eastern governments, the Saudis, he's been turned down by the Qataris and the Emiratis, but the Saudis are interested and they're negotiating what could be a 'sizable investment,'" Wallace read. "My question is, and I know if Trump wins, there wouldn't be anything that would preclude Jared Kushner from running the world again, but is this a dicey area for Jared based on his past role as someone who dealt with these governments for the U.S. government?"
Litman made it clear that he doesn't trust Kushner's ethics.
"Both these themes are the same," Litman explained. "Both Trump and Jared. And they are a leopard or a trump doesn't change his stripes. I've looked at it. I think it's probably not outside of the law, but it's sleazy as the day is long, and that's, by all indications, what he was doing in government in the first place. He was using his position to try to further his own interests. Now he's not in government anymore. It probably flies with the ethics rule. One quick point: I think the evidence is to the contrary on the Manhattan D.A. investigation actually indicting Trump, but we'll know soon because Cy Vance, who's heading it, is going to be gone at the end of the month. He needs to make a decision. I would maybe look to Georgia if Trump's going to get the hammer, but I don't see it happening with what we now know in Manhattan."
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'Unified theory of nonsense': CNN panel thrashes GOP's Ronny Jackson for new virus conspiracy theory
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Lead," a panel tore into presidential doctor-turned-Republican congressman Ronny Jackson of Texas, who is pushing a bizarre conspiracy theory that the Omicron COVID variant was invented as cover for Democrats to push new expansions of mail-in voting to rig the 2022 midterm elections.
"Congressman Jackson completely disregarding the Hippocratic Oath, first do no harm," said anchor Jake Tapper. "The World Health Organization named it and labeled it a variant of concern, not Democrats, and there's absolutely zero proof of widespread election fraud in vote by mail."
"It's irresponsible for a doctor, it's irresponsible for political leaders," agreed conservative analyst Ramesh Ponnuru. "He manages to be irresponsible in both ways. A lot of uncertainties about this. We don't know how deadly it is. For example, though maybe the most important question mark here, one thing we can now say with pretty much certainty is we'll not get enlightenment from Congressman Ronny Jackson."
"Maybe he was joking," said Democratic strategist Paul Begala. "I fear he's not. I don't know if he believes it or is just trying to manipulate gullible supporters. I just don't know. But physicists are always working on a Unified Field Theory to pull together all into one theory. He's coming close to a Unified Fraud Theory of all the nonsense. The mail-in ballots are perfectly safe. I think the entire state of Utah votes by mail, Colorado, so do other states. So he combines the Big Lie about election fraud with this really eccentric belief that somehow, I guess, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama and I were like hiding out, cooked all this up, and then got South Africa — it's nuts."
Politico reporter Seung Min Kim said that Jackson's conspiracy theory is particularly damaging to public health because of his status as a physician.
"Doctors, nurses, medical professionals are broadly, widely regarded, as they are trusted by the public," she said. "There's a reason why earlier this year or some time last year Republicans — the Republican Doctors' Caucus did kind of a PSA ad encouraging people to get vaccinated. Because the public trusts doctors."
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A Capitol rioter who is already facing serious charges for Tasering Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone was hit with new conspiracy charges on Monday.
As reported by NBC 4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane, federal prosecutors alleged in a superseding indictment unsealed Monday that an unidentified witness has told a grand jury that MAGA rioter Daniel Rodriguez told them that he would "assassinate Joe Biden" if he had the opportunity and would "rather die than live under a Biden administration."
Federal prosecutors go on to accuse Rodriguez and other defendants of engaging in a conspiracy whose goal was to "stop, delay, and hinder Congress's Certification of the Electoral College vote" and then to "corruptly alter, destroy, mutilate, and conceal a record, document, or other object to prevent evidence of their unlawful acts on January 6, 2021 from being used in an official proceeding, that is, the grand jury investigation into the attack of the Capitol on January 6, 2021."
Rodriguez was arrested this past spring after being identified as the Capitol rioter who Tasered Michael Fanone.
In an interview with the FBI, Rodriguez claimed that he Tasered Fanone in order to "protect" him from other Capitol rioters whom he claimed would have hurt him even worse.