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Jared Kushner sold Trump on the ‘catastrophic mistake’ of firing Comey: Trump biographer

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Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald J. Trump. (DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

Senior White House aide and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner was the champion behind the firing of James Comey, according to a new biography.

Vicky Ward, author of the recent book Kushner Inc. appeared on MSNBC’s “11th Hour” to reveal the excerpt of her extensive report.

“Kushner was exposed by the media as someone who would almost certainly have an increasingly prominent role in the Russian collusion investigation,” writes Ward. “Not only had he met with Russian government officials, or connected officials, but he had left those meetings off his security clearance forms. Steve Bannon and others noticed that Kushner became gung ho about firing James Comey.”

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The author said that she believes it to be the “biggest revelation” in her book, because reports have said that Kushner had supported the decision, but left out many of the details about the president’s son-in-law pushing the firing.

“What actually happened is that Jared, as you say, realized that the press had learned that he had had these meetings with a Russian ambassador, a Russian banker connected to the Kremlin, and he had not put them on his security clearance forms,” Ward explained. “And very uncharacteristically he made a sort of impassioned argument to the president in front of people.”

She explained that Kushner generally corners Trump and talks about things quietly. In this instance, Kusher stood in front of everyone and made the case.

“But this time in front of everyone he said to the president, ‘You’ve got to fire James Comey and here are three why: The FBI doesn’t like him, the Democrats don’t like him, and the base will love it,'” she recalled. “You know, Steve Bannon, you know, wily strategist, disagreed with him on every single point. But you know, Jared won the day. And to your point, Brian, there lies Trump’s catastrophic mistake.”

Former Sec. of State Rex Tillerson similarly blamed Kushner for massive mistakes.

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Trump’s threats to reject peaceful transition have made America look ‘ridiculous the world over’: historian

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On CNN Saturday, historian Douglas Brinkley warned that President Donald Trump's repeated threats to reject a peaceful transition of power are a national humiliation for America on the world stage.

"I want to point out something that you told The New York Times on the president's election doubts," said anchor Christi Paul. "Your quote is, 'This may be the most damaging thing he's ever done to American democracy.' How so?"

"Because our great export in the United States is our free and fair elections," said Brinkley. "So we tell the rest of the world how to hold them and now here we are in 2020, mayhem about to happen, president of the United States talking about fraudulent ballots, rigged election, I may not leave even if I lose. It makes us look ridiculous the world over. We've lost our franchise on free and fair elections. You almost feel like we need a group of nations to monitor our own election, instead of the other way around."

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DOJ’s rush to publicize discarded ballots story is evidence of pro-Trump election interference: report

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Past and present employees at the Justice Department are questioning the motives of higher-ups who prematurely announced an investigation into discarded ballots in Pennsylvania, only to have to quickly walk back their story as more details become available.

According to a report from the Guardian, federal prosecutors jumped all over a story out of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, that an employee “incorrectly discarded” a handful of ballots in mid-September that led to a meeting between Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr. With the DOJ publically announcing the ballots were for Trump, that allowed to the president to turn it into a campaign issue even though the story fell apart within hours.

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‘Apocalyptic memes’ have pushed Trump supporters to embrace an age-old Messianic conspiracy theory: report

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On Saturday, writing for The New Yorker, Matt Alt explored the ways that the QAnon conspiracy theory — which holds that Trump is trying to bring down a world-spanning Satanic sex trafficking operation by Democrats and the Deep State — is essentially a new version of an age-old paranoid belief system, repackaged for the age of the internet.

"QAnon is a conspiracy theory, but it is many other things as well, by turns an online troll campaign, a Messianic world view, a form of interactive role-playing, and a way to sell T-shirts," wrote Alt. "QAnon sounds like the plot of a Z-grade horror movie, but it is a product of the Internet and, more specifically, of social-media networks."

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