Schiff v. Ratcliffe: DNI Reports That Hunter Biden’s Laptop Is Not Believed To Be Part Of A Russian Disinformation Campaign

Recently, we discussed how House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff stated publicly that the recently disclosed laptop information from Hunter Biden was clearly part of a Russian intelligence operation. Schiff said that “we know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin.” This morning, John Ratcliffe, Director of National Intelligence, stated categorically that Hunter Biden’s laptop was not part of a Russian disinformation campaign.  What is most notable is that Ratcliffe has stated that Schiff and his Committee have not been given any intelligence to support Schiff’s conclusion.  The incident has raised lingering criticism of Schiff who previously told the public that he had clear evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after that allegation was rejected in repeated investigations, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Schiff never produced the incriminating evidence and later it was shown that the widely cited Steele dossier was based on a source who was considered to be a Russian agent.

There is ample reason to suspicious about the timing of this disclosure. However, I have written that this serious concern is separate from the question of whether the emails are fabricated. The Biden campaign has not given the most obvious responses to such a scandal. It is important to keep in mind that Hillary Clinton and the DNC were actually hacked by Russian intelligence but the underlying emails were true.

Schiff now finds himself, again, in the position of supporting a claim of evidence of Russian collusion. He will have to show that this laptop discovery was engineered by Russian intelligence.  If the owner is speaking the truth, the computer was dropped off in April 2019 with the intent to be used in the 2020 campaign.

Ratcliffe stated in an interview that

“it’s funny that some of the people that complained the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing intelligence and unfortunately in this case, it is Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who as you pointed out on Friday said that the intelligence community believes that Hunter Biden’s laptop and e-mails on it are part of some Russian disinformation campaign. Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports and we shared no intelligence with chairman Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign. It’s simply not true.”

Ratcliffe accused Schiff of politicizing intelligence and stated “Don’t drag the intelligence community into this. Hunter Biden’s laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign and I think it’s clear the American people know that.”

Schiff should explain the basis for his conclusion that this is part of a Russian disinformation campaign. Someone is clearly misrepresenting the intelligence and the public should know the basis for these irreconcilable statements.

452 thoughts on “Schiff v. Ratcliffe: DNI Reports That Hunter Biden’s Laptop Is Not Believed To Be Part Of A Russian Disinformation Campaign”

  1. If this is Russian Misinformation then there are a lot of emails that the Russian’s have spread!! We all know that Adam Schiff Russia, Russia, Russia and the Democrats who the ones’s involved with Russia. However there is an email;s in the New York Post article were Russian Misinformation than why did Hunter Biden’s attorney, George R. Mesires email the Repair Shot Owner, John Paul about having the Lap Top returned to him. I’d say if this is Russian Misinformation Hunter wouldn’t be having his attorney trying to get the Lap Top Returned.. Also the receipts are Hunter Biden’s signature. There’s another sticky issue, Devan Cooney a former Business Partner of Hunter Biden and Devon Archers company has turned over 26,000 emails to Peter Schweizer (Author of Riding the Dragon) and Breitbart News. Is that Russian information too??? Did Russia, Russia, Russia put those emails in Devan Cooney’s Lap Top. Hardly, what is wrong with people allowing themselves to be manipulated with Russian Misinformation Lies. As for Adam Schiff everything is Russia, Russia which are he know are lie’s. Adam Schiff is a Pathological Liar.

  2. Something is really wrong with Schiff. He is obsessed with Russia and he keeps getting proved wrong at every turn.

  3. Is this all so much inconsequential chattering or does this work up to some point, some objective, some goal?

    for some it does …. a mammoth spending idea waiting in the wings to enrich the Democrats and pick everybody’s pockets to pay for it

    https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/university-chicago-faculty-demands-reparations

    U OF CHI CALLS FOR REPARATIONS FOR BLACKS
    and their sponsors, advisors, BLM and such like as that, ngos, nonprofits, and various assorted “activists” who will all be enriched, as we all pay a debt long before settled.

    IF YOU VOTE BLUE YOU ARE A SUCKER AND YOU WILL PAY FOR IT — LITERALLY– WHEN THIS CRAZY IDEA COMES TO PASS

  4. “Forty years ago, a Republican delegation led by Barry Goldwater told Richard Nixon he had lost almost all his remaining support in Congress. The next day, he resigned.”

    – Christian Science Monitor, 2014
    __________________________

    Reasonable and honorable Republicans rejected Nixon for his perspicuous missteps and foibles in 1974.

    Adam Schiff et al. continue to embrace and propagate the “Big Lie” and to perpetrate the once-capital crime (until 1870 in the U.K., the penalty for challenging the authority of the Sovereign was to be Drawn and Quartered), the Obama Coup D’etat in America.
    ______________________________________

    The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious scandal-cum-crime in American political history.

    The co-conspirators are:

    Kevin Clinesmith, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann,

    James Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic,

    Sally Yates, James Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell,

    Sir Richard Dearlove, Christopher Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud,

    Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper, Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary,

    Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power, Lynch,

    Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama,

    Joe Biden, James E. Boasberg et al.

          1. I could care less what that website says or if the quote is correct what some blackrobe tyrant said

            the businessinsider story is itself is defamatory of tucker, not that it matters. as mass media defame at will. they had to make something up to protect tucker in that case since they could not excuse him from the rule or put it in peril for themselves either

            nyt v sullivan’s gotta go

            1. The entire argument by the paper was false. The left continuously uses innuendo and lies to injure anyone they don’t like. They do it to their own to keep their own in line. Sandmann proved how bad the MSM is.

          2. It’s so easy to take a headline and create a fictitious story. That is typical of this poster. What is said above was not the argument at all. Carlson framed the segment for the following debate that followed and if one actually reads what the judge said one gets a completely different story that is completely the opposite..

            The judge writes:
            “This interpretation of the segment is bolstered by the disclaimer Mr. Carlson made at the outset of his monologue. See Tr. at 8:2-19. Specifically, he introduced the segment by stating: “We’re going to start by stipulating that everything Michael Cohen has told the feds is absolutely true. Now, assuming honesty isn’t usually a wise idea with Michael Cohen, but for the sake of argument, let’s do it in this case, everything he says is true[.]”

            Take note what Carlson is saying then read on.

            “See Episode Transcript (emphasis added). Mr. Carlson, who is not a lawyer, see Def. Br. at 13 n.7, then goes on to state his opinion: “Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion.” See Episode Transcript (emphasis added). ”

            Quite different than what our poster reports. Reading on to the essence and beyond involving the words “reasonable viewer”.

            “These disclaimers would put any reasonable viewer on notice that Carlson himself “doubt[s] the veracity of the source of these statements” and that the listener should as well.”

            Carson says he doubts the source and that the listener should doubt them as well, but he described the source above. Reading on.

            ” Tr. at 8:17-18. Mr. Carlson’s statements, instead, seek to frame the issue for a debate that follows on the show, and do not come as a sober factual report.”

            The above poster is a venomous individual who doesn’t care about the truth. I think most of us know who that poster is but I want to focus on the truth not on the slimy individual that wrote the post.

            1. Referring to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, Tucker Carlson said “Remember the facts of the story; these are undisputed. Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money. Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion.” McDougal did not do what Carlson said.

              The judge ruled that “This ‘general tenor’ of the show should then inform a viewer that he is not ‘stating actual facts’ about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in ‘exaggeration’ and ‘non-literal commentary.’”

              When someone calls false claims “undisputed” “facts,” I call that lying.

              1. AT LEAST TRUMP WANTED TO GET IT ON WITH ADULT HOTTIES

                TURNS OUT HUNTER BIDEN WAS EXPOSING HIMSELF TO 14 YEAR OLDS

                IF YOU BELIEVE HIS OWN WORDS ON HIS OWN LAPTOP THAT IS– JUST HEARD RUDY READING SCREEN CAPS– & HE’S TURNED IT OVER TO DELAWARE STATE POLICE

                meanwhile, former Hunter pal Bevan frog marched out of a federal correction facility to who knows where

                https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1318696778804453379?s=20

                2020 the year of the rat comes full circle now

                1. We still don’t know that it’s HB’s laptop.

                  Fine by me for HB to be questioned about it under oath, along with Giuliani (did he make a copy before handing it over? why did he keep it so long before handing it over? why not turn it over to NY police, since that’s where he lives?) and John Paul Mac Isaac (when did he give the copy to Giuliani? was there p0rn on it when he gave Giuliani the copy?).

                  For a lawyer, you’re awfully credulous Mr. Kurtz.

                2. Keep in mind that women who’d participated as girls in the (Miss) Teen USA have alleged that Trump walked in on them in their dressing room when they were teens, in various states of undress.

                  Trump has bragged to Howard Stern about doing that with adult pageant contestants, “Well, I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know, I’m inspecting, I want to make sure that everything is good. You know, the dresses. ‘Is everyone okay?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.”

                  Trump’s a disgusting pig.

                    1. so hunter was saying that his ex lover his sister in law was unhappy about him facetiming nude with a 14 year old

                      illegal pictures to boot

                      well that’s quite a disgusting story. compare this one all you like because every time you ring that bell it’s going to chime louder and louder

                    2. With the adult women, he said “they’re standing there with no clothes” when he walks in on them, but for some reason you think the teens aren’t naked?

                      We still don’t know that it was Biden’s laptop or that any of what Giuliani is claiming is true.

                      Why hasn’t Giuliani already made a statement under penalty of perjury? Nothing is stopping him from doing it, except that he doesn’t want to.

                    3. “With the adult women, he said “they’re standing there with no clothes” when he walks in on them, but for some reason you think the teens aren’t naked?”

                      Why do you think they are totally naked? When changing underwear is not usually changed as well at least on the bottom. I repeat you sound like a prude and get satisfaction talking about titillating events.

                  1. “Keep in mind that women who’d participated”

                    Anonymous, I hate to inform you that in the fashion industry it is not uncommon for the models to be in various forms of undress.with men around. In some parts of Europe women will walk into the dressing rooms and even in the dressing rooms of some high end hotels women would enter the mens locker room with men in various forms of undress, even naked. Let you forget female reporters took legal action to enter the mens dressing room and showers after professional football and there as well men were in various forms of undress or nakedness.

                    You are a prude and afraid of the human body. You need to get out into the world and away from computers. Porn is not the answer to real life. No wonder you use a generic icon and name. LOL

                3. “TURNS OUT HUNTER BIDEN WAS EXPOSING HIMSELF TO 14 YEAR OLDS”

                  That raises another question. Was Hunter Biden pushing drugs onto 14 year olds and was his father helping him do so by knowingly providing him a source of income that was selling off America?

              2. Do you know what the judge calls this stuff? “nonactionable hyperbole” The judge then says “As Defendant notes, Mr. Carlson himself aims to “challenge[] political correctness and media bias.”

                The lies you mention have to do with the entire set up of the discussion. You have to put everything in context, something you rarely do.

                “This interpretation of the segment is bolstered by the disclaimer Mr. Carlson made at the outset of his monologue. See Tr. at 8:2-19. Specifically, he introduced the segment by stating: “We’re going to start by stipulating that everything Michael Cohen has told the feds is absolutely true. Now, assuming honesty isn’t usually a wise idea with Michael Cohen, but for the sake of argument, let’s do it in this case, everything he says is true[.]”

  5. https://www.justsecurity.org/69094/timeline-on-jared-kushner-qatar-666-fifth-avenue-and-white-house-policy/

    “January 2007: Kushner Companies purchases 666 Fifth Avenue for record price on eve of financial crisis

    The Kushner Companies purchases, at Jared Kushner’s urging, 666 Fifth Avenue, an office tower in Midtown Manhattan, for $1.8 billion at the height of the real estate market. They invest $500 million, and cover the remaining amount with debt. Even before the financial crisis hits, there are signs that they paid too high a price and took on too much debt for the purchase. It was, at the time, the highest purchase price ever paid for a New York office tower.

    2007 – 2008: Global financial crisis and early troubles for 666 Fifth Avenue

    As the global financial crisis unfolds, Citigroup announces in December 2007 that it will not renew its lease on about 75,000 square feet of space in 666 Fifth Avenue. In 2008, the Kushners sell a 49 percent stake in the building’s retail space to the Carlyle Group and Crown Acquisitions for $525 million, using part of the proceeds to cover debt on the building.

    2010: Kushners’ financial troubles with 666 Fifth Avenue

    Kushner Companies’ $1.2 billion loan on 666 Fifth Avenue is transferred to a special servicer to try to restructure the debt after the Kushners reported difficulties in paying the loan. The building is appraised at $820 million, less than half of what the Kushners paid for it in 2007 and less than the debt they owe to banks……..

    …….From early 2017 onward: Kushner-MBS private communications

    Since the early months of the administration, senior officials were worried about Jared Kushner’s having private, informal conversations with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a practice he continued even after Chief of Staff John Kelly imposed new protocols, according to the New York Times (December 2018 report). “The private exchanges could make him susceptible to Saudi manipulation, said three former senior American officials,” according to the Times. “There was a risk the Saudis were playing him,” one former White House official said. Intelligence briefers told Kelly that virtually all of the conversations that U.S. officials had with the Saudis on sensitive policy matter had been between Kushner and MBS, according to the Washington Post. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster expressed early concern that Kushner was freelancing U.S. foreign policy. … McMaster was concerned there were no official records kept of what was said on the calls,” the Post reported. McMaster also “learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report,” according to another Post report.

    [Note: See entries on December 2017, February 2018, and May 2018 concerning Kushner’s security clearances.]

    March 2017: The Kushners negotiate with Chinese financers

    After financial talks between the Kushners and the Chinese conglomerate Anbang Insurance Group, which has close ties to the Chinese government, become public, Democratic lawmakers raise concerns to the White House Counsel and Treasury Secretary that a deal could violate federal ethics regulations. Several days later, negotiations end without a deal to finance the building.

    April 2017: The Kushners directly approach Qatari government for financing

    Charles Kushner and associates meet with Qatari Finance Minister Sharif Al Emadi and aides in New York to seek investment in 666 Fifth Avenue from Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund. No deal is reached.

    Following a report by The Intercept on March 2, 2018 on the meeting, a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies, Chris Taylor, denied that such negotiations occured, stating: “To be clear, we did not meet with anyone from the Qatari government to solicit sovereign funds for any of our projects […] To suggest otherwise is inaccurate and false” (Newsweek, March 2, 2018)

    Two weeks later, Kushner Companies acknowledged the meeting. Charles Kushner told the Washington Post that he refused the proposal to avoid a conflict of interest for his son.

    Note: In his interview with the Washington Post, Charles Kushner also referred to not taking funds directly from Qatar specifically through a sovereign wealth fund. He told the Post: “Before the meeting, Kushner Companies had decided that it was not going to accept sovereign wealth fund investments. We informed the Qatar representatives of our decision and they agreed. Even if they were there ready to wire the money, we would not have taken it.” The Post reports that, on the contrary, according to Tom Barrack, Charles Kushner was “crushed” when the earlier deal with Qatar on 666 Fifth Avenue fell through during the presidential transition.

    Charles Kushner later told CNN that he accepted the invitation to the meeting only “out of respect” for the Qataris and to tell them there was no way “we could do business.” He also said taking the meeting was “stupid,” given how it might be perceived publicly. (CNN, April 25, 2018).

    Dexter Filkins reported that Charles Kushner’s explanation was false, according to a financial analyst with knowledge of the meeting:

    Kushner pitched a huge renovation of the property, which included bringing in retail stores and converting offices to residences, and hosted a follow-up meeting the next day at 666 Fifth Avenue. “He asked for just under a billion dollars,” [the financial analyst] told me. The Qataris declined, citing dubious business logic. “They could have bought the building—believe me, they have the money,” the analyst said. “They just didn’t think it would ever pay off.” The analyst worried that refusing the deal had a political cost. “Here’s a question for you: If they had given Kushner the money, would there have been a blockade? I don’t think so.”

    CNN’s Vicky Ward corroborated Filkins’ account citing a person who was in the meeting.

    May 20, 2017: Kushner’s “Shadow” Meeting Prior to Blockade of Qatar

    President Trump makes his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, including in the delegation Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon. During the trip, Kushner and Bannon meet for a private dinner with top leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who lay out their plan to impose a blockade on Qatar. Secretary Rex Tillerson is neither present for the meeting, nor informed of the meeting. He never learns of the meeting during his time in office (he departed in March 2018). After leaving office, Tillerson testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and says it makes him “angry” to learn of Kushner’s meeting:

    Q: A couple of weeks later on May 20th, 2017, you were in Riyadh with the President in advance of the Middle East summit. And you again gave public remarks with the Saudi Foreign Minister. […]
    So that same night as we understand it, so on or about May 20th, 2017, there was apparently a private dinner that was hosted between Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, and the rulers of Saudi Arabia and UAE, respectively. Were you aware of that dinner?
    A: No.
    […]
    Q: Okay. What’s your reaction to a meeting of that sort having taken place without your knowledge?
    A: It makes me angry.
    Q: Why is that?
    A: Because I didn’t have a say. The State Department’s views were never expressed.

    – Tillerson Interview Transcript (May 21, 2019), p. 84-85.

    A White House spokesperson, Hogan Gidley issues a denial saying, “Jared consistently follows proper protocols” with the National Security Council and State Department, the “alleged ‘dinner’ to supposedly discuss the blockade never happened,” and no one in the White House was “involved in the blockade.”

    June 1, 2017: Congressional concerns raised about Kushner’s links to EB-5 visas for Kushner Companies including for 666 Fifth Avenue

    On June 1, 2017, Democratic members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees write to the Kushner Companies, seeking answers on their use of EB-5 foreign investor visas “especially in light of Jared Kushner’s role in the Trump administration and the potential for conflicts of interest” and that the Kushner Companies “may be seeking to benefit from the Kushner family’s connections to the White House.”

    June 5, 2017: Blockade of Qatar begins

    Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain sever diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar. They accuse Qatar of financing terrorism, supporting Islamist groups, and undermining efforts to isolate Iran. They impose a land, sea, and air blockade on Qatar.

    Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis are both caught by surprise by the blockade, according to Tillerson’s testimony before Congress (p. 92). Tillerson and Mattis both publicly call for calm to deescalate the situation. (See also Dexter Filkins’ reporting.)

    In a shock to Qatar, Trump initially expresses support for the blockade, in contradiction to the official U.S. government position of neutrality.

    Kushner supported the blockade, according to Tillerson’s testimony. “He was more of a view that he thought the blockading countries had, you know, had good reason to do what they were doing,” Tillerson says. Similarly, CNN’s Vicky Ward reports in her book Kushner, Inc.:

    Another Tillerson aide told me, “The Saudis would not have risked moving forward without permission from somebody. Now, if you … get a phone call that says, ‘Hey, we’re thinking about doing this,’ you might not have the experience and the capability and the maturity to know how hard to push back. Part of the issue is if you put yourself in as the point of contact and you’re not actually capable of being the point of contact.” This person concluded, “That person must have been Jared.” Until now, Kushner’s dalliances in world affairs had been ethically questionable. With Qatar, Tillerson believed they had become alarming. Threatening Qatar, with the U.S. presence at its air base, was tantamount to threatening the U.S. “Qatar was when [Kushner’s interference] became dangerous for the United States,” said a Tillerson confidant.

    Ward also refers to Kushner having “greenlit” the blockade of Qatar, in a piece for The Guardian.

    Important note: The Qataris reportedly believe the blockade may be linked to their rejection of funding for 666 Fifth Avenue. “Some top Qatari government officials believe the White House’s position on the blockade may have been a form of retaliation driven by Kushner who was sour about the failed deal, according to multiple people familiar with the matter,” NBC News reported.

    See also CNN’s Vicky Ward and author of Kushner, Inc.:

    Jun 9, 2017: Tillerson calls for immediate ease on blockade, Trump undercuts him

    In a brief, formal statement at the Department of State, Sec. Tillerson calls on the Saudi-led bloc to immediately ease their blockade of Qatar, and less than an hour later Trump undercuts him.

    A US official tells the New York Times “that two had spoken immediately before Tillerson’s State Department remarks, which the secretary read over the telephone to the president.”

    Sec. Tillerson states:

    We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar. There are humanitarian consequences to this blockade. We’re seeing shortages of food. Families are being forcibly separated, and children pulled out of school. We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this holy month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately. The blockade is also impairing U.S. and other international business activities in the region. … The blockade is hindering U.S. military actions in the region and the campaign against ISIS.

    Within an hour, the president says that the Saudi-led action against is “hard but necessary” and claims that Tillerson supports this stance. President Trump states:

    The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level, and in the wake of that conference, nations came together and spoke to me about confronting Qatar over its behavior. So we had a decision to make: Do we take the easy road, or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism. I decided, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, our great generals and military people, the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding — they have to end that funding — and its extremist ideology in terms of funding.

    Tillerson reportedly later came to believe concluded that Trump’s White House remarks were written by Yousef al-Otaiba, UAE ambassador to the U.S., and passed to the President by Jared Kushner. “Rex put two-and-two together,” a close associate of Tillerson told the American Conservative, “and concluded that this absolutely vacuous kid was running a second foreign policy out of the White House family quarters. Otaiba weighed in with Jared and Jared weighed in with Trump. What a mess.”

    Al-Otaiba and Kushner are known to be friends, having been introduced to each other by Tom Barrack in May 2016. “You will love him and he agrees with our agenda!” Barrack wrote in a May 2016 email to Otaiba. Politico reported in February 2017 that Kushner was “in almost constant phone and email contact with Otaiba.” Otaiba wrote to Barrack in the first months of Trump’s presidency. “I am in constant contact with Jared and that has been extremely helpful.”

    August 18, 2017

    On Aug. 18, 2017, Steve Bannon leaves the Trump administration.

    August 24, 2017

    On Aug. 24, 2017, Qatar announces that it is restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran.

    October 2017

    Bloomberg News reports, “The [666 Fifth Ave.] tower’s cash flow is enough to cover only about half of the debt payments on the building, down from 66 percent last year.”

    October 2017: Kushner surprise trip to Saudi Arabia

    Kushner and a senior aide travel to Saudi Arabia to meet Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Kushner “flew commercial, and the White House only announced the visit once he was already on the ground,” the Washington Post reports. Some intelligence officials were caught off guard by Kushner’s trip, and “most people in the White House were kept out of the loop about the trip and its purpose … Intelligence officials were troubled by a lack of information about the topics discussed,” according to a later Post report.

    November 2017: Kushner Companies receive loan from Qatar-supported company for Chicago property

    The Kushners receive a $184 million loan from Apollo Global Management to refinance a building in Chicago. The Qatar Investment Authority is one of Apollo’s largest investors. The loan is triple the average property loan made by Apollo.

    The deal with Apollo, along with an additional $325 million loan to the Kushners from Citibank in Spring 2017, concluded after a White House meeting between Kushner and chief executive, Michael L. Corbat, later spark an investigation by the Office of Government Ethics and a review by the White House Counsel.

    Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson for Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell, said in a statement that Kushner “has had no role in the Kushner Companies since joining the government and has taken no part of any business, loans, or projects with or for the Companies after that.”

    December 2017: Congress raises questions on foreign financing of 666 Fifth Ave.

    Several Democratic lawmakers send a letter to Jared Kushner, asking if he has discussed financing for 666 Fifth Avenue with foreign nationals or entities while serving in the administration. The letter states, “We are concerned that you may be leveraging your White House position to seek financial assistance for 666 Fifth Avenue.” They also raise questions about Jared Kushner’s surprise trip to Saudi Arabia in October 2017, when he met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    The letter also quotes a Newsweek report connecting the 666 Fifth Avenue situation to Kushner’s security clearance: “Very recently, Newsweek reported: ‘Experts say his stake in the Fifth Avenue building alone is more than enough to cause a suspension of an interim security clearance, as some believe he could use his position in the White House to bail out his family’s investment.’”

    January-February 2018: Qatar’s reported intel on Kushner coordination with Saudi bloc

    “Qatari government officials visiting the U.S. in late January and early February considered turning over to Mueller what they believe is evidence of efforts by their country’s Persian Gulf neighbors in coordination with Kushner to hurt their country,” NBC reports relying on four sources. Qatar decided not to pursue it out of concern it would undercut their relations with the White House.

    February 2018: Kushner loses top security clearance

    In mid-February, Kushner’s interim security clearance is reportedly reduced from top secret to secret.

    On Feb. 27, 2018, the Washington Post reports that officials in at least four countries – including the UAE and China – have discussed ways to manipulate Jared Kushner, including through his business arrangements, financial difficulties, and inexperience in foreign policy. The Post also reports that in the view of White House officials, “Kushner’s lack of government experience and his business debt were seen from the beginning of his tenure as potential points of leverage that foreign governments could use to influence him.”

    March 2018: Tillerson is out; Saudi Crown Prince tours U.S.

    Senator Richard Blumenthal calls for an investigation by the Office of Government Ethics into Kushner’s conduct related to the Apollo and Citibank loans.

    Rex Tillerson is ousted as Secretary of State. Trump names Mike Pompeo as replacement.

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman conducts a multi-city visit to the United States. On March 20, he meets with President Trump in the Oval Office.

    April 2018: Pompeo calls for end of blockade

    After President Trump had initially expressed support for the blockade of Qatar, Secretary of State Pompeo tells the Saudis that it is time to end the blockade, almost a year after it began.

    May 2018: The Kushners negotiate Qatari financing

    Kushner Companies negotiate a bailout deal for 666 Fifth Avenue with Brookfield Asset Management and the Qatari sovereign wealth fund.

    May 2018: Trump restores Kushner’s top-secret clearance

    President Trump orders his chief of staff, John Kelly, to restore Kushner’s top-secret security clearance, which had been stripped in February. The president’s order is over the objections of U.S. intelligence and White House officials. Both Chief of Staff Kelly and White House Counsel McGahn write contemporaneous notes memorializing their concerns. Trump’s involvement in the process contradicts the president’s denial of any such role to the New York Times as well as public denials by Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe D. Lowell. Commentators observe subtle changes in Lowell’s denial of the allegations over time (here and here).

    June 21, 2018: Kushner flies to Qatar to hold intergovernmental meetings

    An official U.S. readout of the trip is here.

    August 1-3, 2018: The Kushners receive bailout on 666 Fifth Avenue from Qatar-supported company (plus Westinghouse deal)

    On Aug. 3, the Kushners reach a deal to bailout 666 Fifth Avenue through a 99-year lease to Brookfield Asset Management for about $1.1 billion in rent for the entire 99-year term paid upfront, easing their financial troubles by allowing them to pay off most of what they owe lenders on the building. The Qatar Investment Authority is the second-largest investor in Brookfield.

    Qatar Investment Authority later insists that it had “absolutely no involvement in the 666 Fifth Avenue development.”

    “Both Brookfield and the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign fund of the oil-rich Middle Eastern emirate, said the Investment Authority had no knowledge of the deal. A spokesman for the Investment Authority said the fund ‘has no involvement whatsoever in this deal.’” (NYTimes, May 17, 2018)
    “Brookfield has said that the Qataris had no knowledge of the deal before its public announcement.” (NYTimes, Aug 3, 2018)
    Two days earlier, on Aug. 1, Brookfield closed a deal to acquire 100% of Westinghouse Electric Company. In Feb. 2019, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform releases an interim staff report, based on whistleblower revelations, raising grave concerns over the Trump Administration’s efforts to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia without congressional review. The report notes that Westinghouse, which builds nuclear reactors, stands to benefit greatly from such a deal, and that Jared Kushner has been centrally involved. A July 2019, second interim staff report states that:

    “[W]ith regard to Saudi Arabia, the Trump Administration has virtually obliterated the lines normally separating government policymaking from corporate and foreign interests. The documents show the Administration’s willingness to let private parties with close ties to the President wield outsized influence over U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia. These new documents raise serious questions about whether the White House is willing to place the potential profits of the President’s friends above the national security of the American people and the universal objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.”
    November 2018

    In order to finance its over $1 billion deal on 666 Fifth Avenue, Brookfield receives a $300 million-plus mezzanine loan from Apollo Global Management, a private equity company with ties to Qatar that had previously loaned $184 million to the Kushners in November 2017.

    January 2019

    Sparked by reports that the White House overruled career officials in order to restore Jared Kushner’s security clearance, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform launches an investigation into the White House security clearance process. In an interview with Committee staff in March, 2019, White House employee Tricia Newbold, who came forward as a whistleblower, described a “Senior White House Official 1” – reportedly Jared Kushner – as having “significant disqualifying factors,” for a security clearance, “including foreign influence, outside activities (‘employment outside or businesses external to what your position at the EOP entails’), and personal conduct.” She testified that this determination by her and the first-line was overruled by Carl Kline, Director of the Personnel Division, without Kline addressing all the disqualifying concerns or recording his reasons in the file. In testimony to the Committee in May, 2019, Kline denied being pressured to grant Kushner’s clearance. White House officials Crede Bailey and Cory Louie also later testified that they did not feel pressured to grant the clearances. Newbold also reported that another agency later had “serious concerns” after Kushner applied for a higher level of clearance.

    February 2019

    The Kushner Companies’ original $1.4 billion in loan payments for 666 Fifth Avenue is due.

    Reuters reports that the 666 Fifth Avenue deal in August 2018, in which Qatar “unwittingly” played a role as an investor in Brookfield, has prompted Qatar to rethink its investment strategy.

    March 2019

    Axios reports that House Democrats are considering an investigation into the Kushner’s August 2018 deal with Brookfield that bailed out 666 Fifth Avenue.

    1. Gee that was a nice long boring distraction

      HUNTER’S LAWYERS WANT THE LAPTOP BACK

      EMAILS ARE AUTHENTIC

      HUNTER’S CORRUPT SCHEME IMPLICATE JOE BIDEN PERSONALLY IN GRAFT

      1. There is no proof that Joe knew anything about the supposed Chinese deal and he was also then a private citizen. The supposed meeting may or may not have happened and if the latter, there is no evidence Joe knew anything about it.

        Both Ivanka and Jared worked in the WH with full time access to the president while engaged in foreign negotiations and foreign business deals. Jared was in serious debt, like the President and therefore subject to leverage.

        1. so do you call that a “pivot” where you go from denying the laptop was hunter’s, denying the emails are authentic, to denying they matter? denying joe knew

          i wonder why hunter was complaining to people that he had to kick money up to joe if he didn’t. was it false slander, or true incrimination?

          1. If you’re talking to me Kurtz I haven’t said the laptop was or wasn’t Hunter’s. Just like you, I don’t know.

      1. actually no. there have been positive diplomatic and geopolitical results produced by the Trump adminstration that help make the Middle East a safer place. Specifically the deals from the past month or so between Israel and Arab regional neighbors. So Kushner’s proximity to some Arab powers has actually benefitted America.

        Whereas the Obama-Biden-McCain Ukraine policy was to support a regime change that greatly destabilized the world and inched us closer to nuclear war.
        And Joe Biden apparently dipped his beak in the ill gotten Hunter gains.
        But America has suffered greatly from the destabilization and the failed state in west Ukraine.
        Now I know the war pigs out there like it because they want a war with Russia, which is insanity, and yet we hear the war pigs rooting in new hopeful filth every day

        1. Kurtz, nice distraction, but irrelevant to evidence of Trump corruption involving at least the President, Jared,and Ivanka. Don’t forget Don jr and Eric.

          1. they’ve been scrutinized and they’re not in the dock. this is your attempt to evade the relevant issue at hand. hunter biden’s corrupt activities which also implicate joe biden

            1. Please point to where they’ve been scrutinized.

              Ivanka and Jared work in Trump’s WH, He hides his tax returns and anything else he can.

                1. Kurtz, Jared was denied clearance and Trump overruled it. Of course a complete financial investigation for criminal activities is not part of that clearance.

                  “WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House’s top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said.

                  Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance….”

                  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/28/us/politics/jared-kushner-security-clearance.html

              1. they have also faced the indefatigable scrutiny of the press.

                which has only come up with the hill of beans you been talking about here the past week since the embarrassing laptop surface

                1. Kurtz, these issues have been raised going back a couple of years and the papers don;t have subpoena power. Neither does Congress anymore (Thanks Trump voters!)

      2. Indeed anonymous, and both Jared and the President are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, maybe to foreigners.

        1. in itself the fact that Jared and whomever or Donald is in debt or in debt to foreigners is meaningless.

          here with the Hunter Biden emails we have something you do not. evidence of a corrupt scheme to manipulate foreign policy in Ukraine and China with the collusion of Joe biden for the Biden family’s personal pecuniary gain

          its really amazing that after 4 years of laying these false claims on orange man that you can’t understand how this applies to Bidens. wow.

          but of course you do understand fully well Im sure

          1. moreover I do not know if such a fact is true, just saying that assuming for argument’s sake that it is, in itself it is meaningless

            Joe book seems to miss the context. well truly he does not miss it, he wants the readers to miss it

            we now have stinking hot dungheap of evidence of hunter biden’s corrupt foreign practices

            I think most likely joe at least will be an unindicted co conspirator

            or, if he wins, he will abuse political power to instruct DOJ to bury it

            and the same false charges that have been laid on trump will again be put into action by joe

            amazing how competent the Democrats are at getting away with the very thing they accuse of others, isnt it?

            1. “we now have stinking hot dungheap of evidence of hunter biden’s corrupt foreign practices I think most likely joe at least will be an unindicted co conspirator”

              I wonder, if Joe Biden was indicted would they plead that he was too far mentally gone to be tried?

          2. Joe Biden was not in office when the “emails” about China were written.

            The Ukraine “evidence” is of a meeting – proposed or in the past we don’t know. If the former, we don’t know from the “evidence” if Joe knew about it.

            Jared was dealing with a debt in the hundreds of millions. Hunter was getting $50k a month. Joe gets up to $235k for speaking fees. Do the math.

            https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/09/bidens-earned-15-million-after-obama-administration-1404153

            1. Ukraine stuff is from Burisma. goes back to Hunter’s appointment on the board when joe was VP and Ukraine in his portfolio

              dates of subsequent meetings may not matter for purposes of charging under the FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICING ACT

              if it’s outside the VP time frame it may just make the charging that much easier

              the China stuff may be a wider moat to cross, im not fully up to speed on it all, partly i am asking questions here too

              as to your second remark:

              i understand the math of corrupt enterprises quite well, from my extensive study of organized crime history
              it is par for the course that a corrupt enterprise always sends a cut up to the top

              the boss is always the biggest target so the subordinates have to pay him for the risks they take with their graft

              think of it like a law firm. the associates are there working for the boss to make money too, not just themselves

              hence it is characteristic even for associations that are perfectly legal that a cut or a name licensing fee or call it what you will, is paid to the top

              1. Kurtz, if you understand the math of corrupt enterprises, I would think you’d get that a guy who is in debt for several hundred million dollars and who works in the most powerful house in the world where he can influence policy is a more likely mark for leverage than a guy you pay $50k a month who’s only power is with another guy who knows he will soon be making over $200k for a days work. with no shortage of those opportunuties.

                Like I said, do the math.

    2. Kamala Harris is going to win.

      Troy Aikman and Joe Buck told us so.

      Why are these communist (liberal, progressive, socialist, democrat, RINO), dirty-trick trolls so ubiquitous and manic?

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