Richard W. Painter is a lifelong Republican who worked as the Chief Ethics Counsel in the George W. Bush White House. He also voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and has been openly criticizing Donald Trump for nigh on two years. Now, Mr. Painter has his sights set beyond just Trump himself, or even beyond just Trump’s shady business dealings. Now, Painter is pretty much openly calling Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner an agent of the Russian government. Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Painter said that Kushner should not have a security clearance, and if it isn’t immediately taken away we may as well give one to Vladimir Putin. Painter tweeted:
Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be revoked. If not, we should just throw in the towel and give one to Vladimir Putin himself.”
Here is the tweet:
Jared Kushner's security clearance should be revoked. If not, we should just throw in the towel and give one to Vladimir Putin himself
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) July 16, 2017
Of course, this tweet comes on the heels of the revelations that Jared Kushner omitted more than 100 names from his security clearance application and had to update it multiple times to include all of his foreign contacts. The suspicious omissions, of course, include that shady meeting with a Russian lawyer and a former Russian counterintelligence officer for the Russian government. We wouldn’t even know about any of that if it were not for the trove of incriminating emails setting up that very meeting that Donald Trump Jr was forced to release.
Painter is correct. There’s so much Russia swirling around Trump and his family of criminals that it would be easier to ask which members of that family didn’t meet with the Russians during the 2016 election cycle (hint: you wouldn’t find any). These aren’t just Russian citizens, either. These are people with close ties to the Kremlin and Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin himself.
If these people are not removed from our government posthaste, the United States of America will soon be just another Russia – or, worst case scenario, just an extension of the Russian Federation itself.
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