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Murphy: 'Clearly a Double Standard' If Kushner Keeps His Job

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 09:11 AM

White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner should not have a job, let alone a security clearance following revelations that he accompanied Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to a meeting with a person Trump Jr. had been told was a Russian government attorney, Sen. Chris Murphy said Thursday.

"I think the bigger question is why Jared Kushner still has a job," the Connecticut Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "There seems to be two scenarios here. Either Jared Kushner didn't tell superiors he had this meeting. If that's the case, then he's subject to the same problem that got Michael Flynn fired, that he was exposed with this lie. He was potentially compromised inside the White House."

If Kushner doesn't get fired, like Flynn, then there is "clearly a double standard," said Murphy.

The other option, he continued, was that Kushner did tell people he had the meeting, that he changed his disclosure, and "people continued to lie about their campaign's contacts with the Russian government."

Either scenario, said Murphy, is "damning for this White House."

"I think it's likely there's a double standard," said Murphy. "Nobody should normalize the level of lying coming out of this White House. In any other White House, someone with this breach of trust likely wouldn't have a job anywhere."

Flynn was fired, said Murphy, because he was compromised for meeting with the Russian government and not disclosing it to his superiors, and "thus, he could be in a position to be corrupted."

It appears the same thing happened with Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka, said Murphy.

"If he had not alerted the individuals who had been out consistently saying, on behalf of the White House that no one there, no one on behalf of the campaign met for the Russians, then that potential for corruption existed for Jared Kushner as well," the senator said.

Murphy said he does not know what the legal standard ultimately will be after Kushner did not report three meetings with Russians on his disclosure form, but it's clear when the forms are completed, "if you don't provide full disclosure, you're committing a crime."

Further, the senator said, "given the fact that the campaign thought it was important enough to send the campaign manager, the son of the president, and the son-in-law of the president it's hard to believe that none of them remembered it."

The current revelations most likely aren't the end of such disclosures, Murphy said.

"We are getting a drip, drip, of new information about meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russian government that only come out when independent journalists disclose them," said Murphy. "I think you have to assume this isn't going to be the end of the information we get about the meetings, or the substance of the meetings between the Trump campaign and the Russian government."

The senator said he also believes that it "strains credibility" to believe that the president didn't know about the meeting with the Russian attorney, considering that some of his closest advisers and family members took part.

He also said there is no reason to believe what Trump Jr. is saying.

"He lied openly and repeatedly about his contacts with the Russian government, and so I'm not sure why today we are all of a sudden willing to believe the story he is currently telling, which is that they met with this agent, that they didn't get any good information," said Murphy. "If he's lying about it for months and months beforehand, why do we believe he's telling the truth today?"

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