CASH AND COUPS - The Moderate Voice
Category: News & PoliticsVia: john-russell • one month ago • 23 comments
April 11, 2022 by Guest VoiceLeave a Comment
During most of the time Republicans were screaming about Hunter Biden's laptop without any substance to speak of, Jared Kushner was sitting on top of $2 billion received from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Yes, that's the same crown prince who ordered the execution of a Washington Post journalist. Also, while MAGAts were screaming about Hunter Biden, there was the existence of texts from Donald Trump Jr. to Trump chief-of-staff Mark Meadows about stealing the election before the election was called.
Republicans have been screaming about this laptop bullshit for over two years without providing any substance as to why it's important. So far, the bulk of their argument is that since it exists, it means there was corruption from Hunter Biden which means there's corruption from President Joe Biden. They also say there's evidence of Hunter using drugs, which we already know, and that the laptop has images of Hunter having sex with minors, which is not true.
What is true is there's an email from a business contact in Ukraine thanking Hunter for introducing him to Vice President Joe Biden at a dinner with a dozen other people in public. There's another email, after the Obama presidency from a Chinese business contact, that mentions giving Joe Biden a cut, and there's a third email from Hunter saying Joe Biden wants nothing to do with the deal, which never got off the ground. A lot of this is in code, but that's all they have.
Photos have been posted that Republicans claim show Hunter smoking crack, but Hunter's drug use and addictions are public knowledge. Hunter and his father have been open about this. Also, how do you know it's crack he's smoking? Photos of someone smoking crack or marijuana are just photos of someone smoking. They don't fly in court. The claim that child pornography is on the laptop comes straight from InfoWars. Also, keep in mind that this laptop was in the possession of Rudy Giuliani.
One thing that is a fact is Hunter Biden was never a member of the White House staff in the Obama or Biden administrations or ever given the responsibility of international diplomacy. But Jared Kushner was.
Jared Kushner, along with his wife, was on the staff of the Trump White House (sic). In case you forgot, Jared is married to Ivanka, Donald Trump's daughter. In case you're a Republican, that makes Jared Donald Trump's son-in-law.
Jared was put in charge of a lot of stuff, like immigration and denying states medical equipment during the COVID pandemic. He was also involved with foreign policy, outside the boundaries of the State Department which frustrated the entire department. Part of Jared's job was to build a relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia.
Jared and MBS, the Crown Prince, liked to communicate through WhatsApp, a phone app that's encrypted and is an excellent way to talk in secret so your conversations are NOT archived, as required by the Presidential Records Act. Basically, it's a great way to talk privately when you're involved in some sketchy shady shit. Jared is a big fan of back-channel communications and asked the Russians to create a backchannel to talk to the Trump administration (sic).
The Crown Prince is not a nice guy. He ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist under the protection of the United States and employed by The Washington Post. Khashoggi was murdered inside Saudi Arabia's Turkish embassy where they dismembered him with a bone saw. Jared, who probably sees himself as a prince, is buddy-buddy with the Crown Prince, a ruthless person who orders murders. Jared helped broker $110 billion in weapon sales to Saudi Arabia over the next decade and defended the Kingdom from congressional criticism over its involvement in the Yemeni Civil War and the murder of Khashoggi.
During this time, Jared's failing 5th Avenue property, 666, was bailed out by a Canadian asset company that signed a 99-year lease and paid a near-century's worth of rent upfront. This saved Kushner from defaulting on a mortgage he couldn't afford which would have brought all his debtors down on him. One of the owners of the Canadian asset company is the nation Qatar. The deal came through right after Jared helped negotiate the end of Saudi Arabia's blockade of Qatar. I'm sure the timing was just a coincidence. Qatar even denied they knew it was going down even though it was widely reported and Jared's company had sough investment from them before. But the Canadian company was a much better attempt at hiding their involvement.
Jared had financial involvement with multiple foreign nations before Trump became president (sic). That should have automatically disqualified him from working in the White House. It took over a year for him to receive a security clearance as he had to reapply three times as he kept omitting important business and relationship details on his applications. Remembering stuff is hard. Finally, Trump, as president (sic), ordered that Jared and Ivanka both be given security clearances despite what the background checks found.
Jared's newly formed private equity firm, Affinity Partners, received $2 billion from a fund led by the Crown Prince six months after he left the White House. The Saudi fund's advisory board objected to the investment. According to the minutes of the meeting, the board cited "the inexperience of the Affinity Fund management"; the possibility the kingdom would be responsible for "the bulk of the investment and risk"; due diligence on the fledgling firm's operations that found them "unsatisfactory in all aspects"; a proposed asset management fee that "seems excessive"; and "public relations risks" from Jared's prior role as a senior adviser to his daddy-in-law, President (sic) Donald Trump.
Basically, the advisory board cited that Jared had zero experience in this sort of business enterprise, is inept, is shady as fuck, and that eventually, the Saudi fund would end up eating its investment because it fucked up and got into business with a Trump.
Mohammad bin Salman ignored the advice and invested $2 billion anyway. This was back in July of 2021 and we just now finding out about it. The $2 billion probably isn't all from MBS, as it's a fund, but that amount is probably nothing to him anyway as reports put his net worth between $10-18 billion. He'll be worth a lot more when he's king.
This deal is not illegal. Jared had a right to do business with foreign nations after serving in a presidential administration. But, it sure does seem like a payoff of some sort for services already rendered. You would need testimony and documents to prove this was discussed while Jared was in the Trump administration and remember, he and MBS used WhatsApp.
There were tons of sketchy foreign deals with Javanka during the Trump presidency, like that time Ivanka was granted three trademarks in China the very same day she and daddy Dingdong had dinner with the Chinese president. What another coinkydink. And if photos had come out of Ivanka smoking crack during the dinner, Republicans would still be talking about Hunter Biden's laptop.
Steve Baby FishMouth Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary for Trump, also received $1 billion from the Saudi fund.
Before the Trump administration (sic) was over, Donald Trump Jr was texting Mark Meadows about how his father could stay in power despite losing the election. Before there was a coup attempt, Jr was suggesting a coup attempt. In November 2020, before the election was called for President Biden but while it was still in the air, Jr texted Meadows on how they could overturn the results. They knew they were going to lose the election.
This included having Republican-controlled state Houses discard the electors legally won by Joe Biden, and putting forward "Trump electors" in their place. Referring to recounts and audits, he texted, "It's very simple. We have multiple paths We control them all."
He was also suggesting they at least create enough confusion that the election was never called or confirmed by Congress, then have the House vote for the president by state delegations. Even though the House was Democratic Party controlled, Republicans had the most state delegations.
Looking at how much money the Trumps were making off the presidency, it's no wonder they tried to steal the 2020 election. The Trump presidency may be over but the Trump Crime Family is still in business. But hey, let's keep talking about Hunter's laptop.