Embassy staffers just blew the lid off the incredibly shady details of Jared Kushner’s foreign trip

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Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Trump and the anointed Clown Prince of his administration, has not been having a particularly good week. Usually, Kushner is content to spin his little webs of corruption beyond the edges of the national spotlight, rarely making public appearances or conducting interviews like his wife Ivanka so often does.

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At the same time, Kushner has been given responsibilities and access that far outstrip his qualifications or capabilities and the public has a right to know what he’s doing.

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This week, his security clearance — or more specifically the fact that he so clearly shouldn’t have it in the first place — surged once again to the forefront of the national conversation about the administration. When House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings’s (D-MD) requested details about Kushner’s clearance, the White House made the stunning announcement that it would only hand over the relevant documents if it was demonstrated that they were needed solely for “legislative purposes,” a direct rebuke of Congress’s oversight powers.

Now, Kushner’s week has taken another turn for the worst as his strange, deeply suspicious relationship with the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia is once again under the microscope. For some time now there have been concerns that Kushner might be abusing his newfound diplomatic powers, with the full power of the Trump White House at his back, to help dig himself out of his deep personal financial mess. Kushner is doing little to alleviate those concerns.

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A new report from The Daily Beast has revealed that officials at the U.S. embassy in the Saudi capital of Riyadh were left out of the loop when Kushner visited Saudi Arabia last week to meet with the royal court. The fact that the details of the trip — including much of his schedule and the content of his conversations with the Saudis — were kept from the embassy staffers is a cause of alarm for them.

During his visit, Kushner met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and King Salman, the man who made headlines last year for ordering the murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a brutal act that the Trump administration conveniently failed to confront and condemn directly. Not a single person from the U.S. embassy was present at these latest meetings and the one State Department official present was not part of the local Saudi team.

Usually, an American diplomat traveling abroad will work with the local embassy to conduct the trip, including coordinating security. Strangely, during this trip, it was the Saudi government, not the Americans, who provided security for Kushner and his associates.

In addition to the alarmed embassy officials, members of Congress are also raising concerns about the shady behavior. They are reportedly working to discover what exactly transpired in Kushner’s private conversations with the foreign officials.

“The Royal Court was handling the entire schedule,” a Congressional source explained to The Daily Beast.

With these latest revelations, it’s become clearer than ever that Congress needs to immediately dig deeper into what Kushner is doing. His behavior is incredibly suspicious and seems to increasingly indicate that he is exploiting his power for his own benefit. Until the possibility of such flagrant corruption is ruled out, he shouldn’t be permitted to continue in his current duties. National security could very well be at stake.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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