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1. You read that correctly. Kushner was warned that Wendi Deng Murdoch (yes, as in Rupert Murdoch's ex wife) was, in fact, using him to push Chinese agenda.
2. The warning happened in "early 2017" according to WSJ. U.S. officials have also had "concerns" about a counterintelligence assessment on Deng-Murdoch's lobbying for a high-profile construction project funded by the Chinese govt in D.C.
3. In detail, the project is a $100 mln Chinese garden at National Arboretum. Guess what? It was deemed a national-security risk bc it included a 70-foot-tall white tower that "could potentially be used for surveillance. NOO, you don't say?
4. Best part: The garden was "planned on one of the higher patches of land near downtown Washington, less than FIVE miles from both the Capitol and the White House". I mean really? You think that is concerning? I think that's putting it mildly.
5. Counterintelligence officials were all "well you're new to govt, you need to be careful in your dealings with people whose interests may not align with those of the US". Of course, Kushner's OWN interests align with CHINA, so we have a WITTLE problem here.
6. Now for the comic relief. Ms. Murdoch's spox "she has no knowledge of any FBI concerns or other intelligence agency concerns relating to her/her associations". LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO TELL YOU before they have nailed you, genius. 😂
7. Ms. Murdoch's spox added "she has absolutely no knowledge of any garden projects funded by the Chinese government". Just LOL.
8. Now onto the JARED AND IVANKA rep talking, and describing the warning about Murdoch as a "routine senior staff security briefing". I can't even comment, seriously.
9. But wait it gets better. Rep. says Kushner "Has complied with all ethics and disclosure recommendations and has played a helpful role in strengthening the US-China relationship, so as to help bring about a better resolution tot he many issues the countries have."
10. The NERVE it takes to talk about "complying with ethics and disclosure" re: Kushner, who's had to amend his forms a thousand times, I won't even get into.
11. But the best part is the strengthening of US-China relationships". NO FREAKING KIDDING! He is under investigation for selling the Chinese VISAS in exchange for $500k investments! HOW so helpful.
12. US Officials "have been concerned about Chinese govt efforts to use people with close ties to the administration and with interests or family in China to try to influence policy." Shocking. NOT.
13. An example. RNC finance chairman Steve Wynn whose Macau casinos can't operate without a license from the Chinese territory, last year delivered a letter to Trump from Chinese govt about an alleged fugitive that Beijing wants the US to return." Oh. OH.
14. Wait, you mean to tell me that even the RNC is involved in this Chinese do ut des entangled web? Noo, I would NEVER have guessed. Naturally, a rep for the RNC finance chairman denies the episode. Sure, one just makes up such a specific thing. 🙄
15. Now, to have a clear idea of just how close Ms.Murdoch is to #JAVANKA, Ivanka served as a trustee for funds set aside for the children of Rupert and Wendi Murdoch, and she only stepped down in Dec. 2016.
16. Seriously, if I put this stuff about their "friendship" in a screenplay as a plot point, I'd be told it's either far too obvious or preposterous.
17. Now considering Ivanka's TRUSTEE role, hear what the Javanka rep said "they've been friends with Rupert & Wendi Murdoch for a decade before coming to DC & their relationship is neither political nor about China. " Dude, WHO do you think you're fooling??
18. So this Chinese garden project in DC had been planned for more than a decade as a symbol of "goodwill between the two countries" :O YEAH, let's give them a tower to spy on us, THAT is real goodwill!
19. Counterintelligence concerns caused the project to be shelved, say two people familiar with matter. Reps for USDA and Chinese Embassy say they continued to work on the project. But no work can be detected at the supposed site.
20. Ms. Murdoch "has previously surfaced on the radar of counterintelligence professionals, according to person familiar with issue". No, really? Think being Murdoch's ex wife and PUTIN'S rumored girlfriend is enough to grant monitoring?
21. Wendi Deng-Murdoch introduced Jared and Ivanka, it is said. She's Murdoch's ex wife and Putin's "girlfriend". They are SUPER close with her. Think that raises a red flag or ten?
22. Naturally, instead of bringing up her apparent relationship with Putin, the WSJ brings up a supposed relationship with Tony Blair, that no one cares about as it provides ZERO current problem and it's come and gone.
23. To sum it up: Ms. Deng-Murdoch has her paws everywhere politically and financially, counterintelligence believes she is a potential agent of Chinese influence, but hey IT IS ALL GOOD, bc the Kushners and her are DEAR FRIENDS, nothing to do with the rest! Sure, Jan.
24. What's interesting here though is that this introduces a new VERY big player officially (WE HAVE talked about her before, but MSM hasn't, not in these terms anyway) in "counterintelligence" topics. Meaning Mueller has been all over this.
25. Considering the investigation for Kushner's "investment-for-visas" program, his MANY secret meetings with Russians, his idea to create a BACK CHANNEL w/Russia using Russian facilities, his multiple failures do disclose things in official forms? His goose is cooked.
26. This new counterintelligence concern story re: Kushner just introduces the China topic in a big way AND ties in Ivanka as well. It's all about understanding how far their crimes go and how much Mueller is looking at.
27. All in all, an excellent way to start the week for us, and a very bad way to do so for Jared & Ivanka AND Dondon... whose Chinese affairs are FAR from foreign to the mess. Keep watching this, bc #MuellerIsComing /END.
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