During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to promote his new book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show," ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl revealed that Jared Kushner blew off a call from former Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff for help reeling in his father-in-law Donald Trump from trying to steal the election.
Without revealing the specific timing of the call, Karl told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that Marc Short put in a call to Kushner begging him to tell Trump that there was no way that Pence could subvert the will of the voters.
Kushner, Karl reported, couldn't be bothered.
Discussing others in the White House who refused to be involved as the former president plotted to stay in power, Karl explained, "I'll give you another example. Jared Kushner who obviously is one of the most powerful and important people in the West Wing, at one point Jared Kushner gets a call from Marc Short who is the chief of staff for Mike Pence."
"This is during the holidays right before January and he gets a call from Short and says 'Please, Jared, can you talk to your father-in-law? This is getting dangerous. Somebody needs to tell him who he will listen to, that Mike Pence cannot single-handedly overturn the election. Talk to him, he listens to you."
"Jared's answer was, you know, 'Ever since Rudy Giuliani came in, I don't have any part of this election stuff. I'm focused on Middle East peace. I got things to do over here.' And he refused to go and have an intervention with his father-in-law," Karl continued.
"So those who knew better and weren't on the program with what Trump wanted to do simply took a step back and did nothing," Karl added. "It's a very -- it's like the John Stuart Mill quote: 'All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.' There were a lot of people doing nothing around Trump at that time."
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