Ivanka Trump’s husband Jared Kushner will be testifying in a closed-door session before the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his testimony will essentially be worthless because they are allowing him to lie his ass off if he wants to without facing perjury charges.
Normally, such testimony would be preceded by the swearing of an oath to tell the “truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” — but as part of the deal Kushner reached, he is not required to do so.
This, of course, means that if and when he does lie, perjury is completely off the table.
The Washington Post notes that while Kushner can escape perjury charges, “that arrangement still poses significant legal risks to someone under investigation” because he could still be found guilty of making misrepresentations to Congress — but this seems to be one of the reasons Donald Trump is investigating what he calls his “complete power” to pardon.
According to former federal prosecutor Justin Dillon, Trump’s ability to wave his hand and pardon Kushner is likely to affect his legal strategy.
“No one who has paid any attention to this administration should doubt that if Kushner ever needs a pardon, he will get one,’’ he says, noting that Kushner’s situation is precarious because the option to plead the 5th is virtually non-existent.
“It’s a very difficult tightrope to walk,’’ he told the Post. “He has to balance the political fallout from taking the Fifth Amendment with the potential criminal fallout of talking.’’
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