Concerns are growing about Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s attorney Jamie Gorelick after Kushner officially disclosed the 2016 Trump Tower meeting that caused a scandal for Don Trump Jr.
A national security source expressed concern to Big League Politics about Gorelick’s role in representing Ivanka and Jared, considering Gorelick’s support for Hillary Clinton and the fact that she’s a partner at WilmerHale, where Robert Mueller served as partner until May, when he signed on to become the government’s special counsel in the Trump “Russia” case. Gorelick worked in the Bill Clinton Department of Justice with Merrick Garland, the failed Obama Supreme Court nominee who is seen as a hero-in-waiting for anti-Trumpers hoping to fight Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” policies. The source describes Gorelick and Garland as a “tag team” dating back years.
The White House is reportedly unsure who leaked to The New York Times, which cited three anonymous sources who claimed knowledge of Don Jr.’s emails setting up the meeting. Don Jr. published his full email correspondence himself on Twitter as the press coverage was taking off.
While there is no evidence at this time to suggest that Gorelick is trying to undermine President Trump, it is clear that members of the Trump Team using different attorneys can create conflicts within the White House inner circle. A lawyer’s job is to best represent their clients. President Trump and Don Jr. are not clients of Jamie Gorelick.
Don Trump Jr. defended himself on Hannity Tuesday night from allegations that he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer to get opposition research on Hillary Clinton during the campaign. The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, denies that she is linked to the Kremlin, and Trump Jr. is successfully playing the story off as another nothingburger cooked up by the press to advance their unsubstantiated Russian collusion narrative.
But it’s interesting to point out how the story materialized before it was leaked. Kushner disclosed the meeting in revisions to his paperwork to become a White House adviser after previously not disclosing it, according to his attorney Gorelick.
Kushner disclosed the meeting with the Russian lawyer in revised documentation that he submitted to obtain a security clearance for his White House job as a senior adviser to the President, his lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement.
When Kushner initially filed his forms, he did not list any contacts with foreign government officials, Gorelick said. Kushner then submitted supplemental information saying he had “numerous contacts” with foreign officials, she said.
Gorelick said the additional documentation includes the information “that during the campaign and transition, he had over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries, most of which were during transition. Mr. Kushner has submitted additional updates and included, out of an abundance of caution, this meeting with a Russian person, which he briefly attended at the request of his brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr. As Mr. Kushner has consistently stated, he is eager to cooperate and share what he knows.”
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said he didn’t know much about the meeting when asked about it on “Fox News Sunday.”
“It was a very short meeting,’ Priebus said. “It was a meeting apparently about Russian adoption.”
He added: “Jared Kushner put in his disclosure a little prematurely. He’s since amended it. All of that is disclosed.”
Married Lincoln Project Co-Founder John Weaver Accused of Grooming Young Men, Offering Jobs for Sex
Well this isn’t a good look.
John Weaver, political consultant and co-founder of The Lincoln Project, has been accused of being a sexual predator who targeted young men.
Conservative author and political commentator Ryan Girdusky piqued curiosity and set off widespread speculation after tweeting late Saturday afternoon that “one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project [offered] jobs to young men in exchange for sex,” adding that “his wife is probably interested” to hear about the allegations.
Maybe I should start talking about one of the founding members of the Lincoln Project offering jobs to young men in exchange for sex… his wife is probably interested https://t.co/vAtUS9aPPl
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) January 9, 2021
Although Girdusky did not post screenshots of Weaver’s predatory actions himself, saying he “worked with journalists and reached out to victims asking for them to speak up because it was their story, not mine,” several others spoke up about what they experienced and heard.
Twitter user @JoshPri68522288 was one of the first to speak up, tweeting that “I know who did it, because they did it to me. It was John Weaver.”
@_liberalproject also said that “Weaver used to follow me when I used my real name on here. Out of the blue he DM’d being pushy with personal questions and trying to flirt with me. After I didn’t go along with it, he unfollowed me and never DM’d me since.”
(Screenshots courtesy of @lib_crusher.)
News of the impending allegations was also retweeted by Donald Trump Jr.
The longest Twitter thread on the accusations came from journalist Scott Stedman, who started a Twitter thread that begins as follows: “I don’t want to feed into Don Jr’s nonsense but I do want to tell a story. I followed John Weaver when I started my Twitter account. We exchanged messages, I sent him my stories, chatted about Russia, etc. He wrote a blurb for my book. He offered me some sort of “joint venture” which I wasn’t interested in, so I didn’t respond to his calls.”
Stedman continues: “One day, he DM’d me and said he had ‘advice’. He then proceeded to tell me how ‘hot’ I looked and commented on my profile picture and my hair. He started calling me ‘my boy’. I found it deeply uncomfortable.”
“What he said to me pales in comparison to others with whom Weaver communicated and countless others who have experienced much worse from people in power,” Stedman said.
And there could be much more where that came from…
For those asking why speaking up about this now: There are others, including some who reached out to me in recent days. Many many many many others, some afraid to say anything.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) January 10, 2021
Neither The Lincoln Project nor it’s leadership have publicly commented on the accusations yet, including Weaver himself.
Stay tuned as this story develops.
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