It is no surprise the
In that world, it is perfectly normal to say things like, "Don't worry, we'll pay you for your work," even if you don't mean it. Or to say, "Trump Tower is 68 stories tall," even though it rises to only 58. Or to promise, "You'll get a great business education for your money," even though you are pitching the bogus Trump University.
In that world, it is not unusual to take meetings with unsavory characters, like Mafia bosses who become peripheral business partners or Russian mobsters who launder their ill-gotten gains by purchasing a few of your pricey condominiums.
And, in that world, rules can be flexible, aggressive lawyers can help bend the law, and the news media rarely takes notice of what you are up to.
Politics and government are different — at the presidential level, in particular. Rules are more rigid, laws are more aggressively enforced, and media attention is intrusive and constant because your personal business is the people's business.
Thus, President Trump’s namesake son, Don Jr., and his son-in-law,
That is the predicament in which Trump the younger and Kushner now find themselves.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Eldest son Don now characterizes the session with the Russian as a "waste of time." Useful or not, legal experts say the mere intent to collude with a foreign entity may be a violation of federal law.
The meeting with Veselnitskaya was just one of several contacts with Russians and other foreign entities that Kushner failed to mention when he was filling out his application for a top-level security clearance. Now, it is being reported that the president's attorneys are urging that Kushner refrain from any discussions about the festering Russia scandal with his father-in-law. Apparently, they want to protect their client from being legally tainted by daughter Ivanka's hubby.
At this rate, conversations at family dinners are going to become particularly awkward. Maybe they can just reminisce about the good old days when the only thing the newspapers wrote about was Donald Trump's failing casinos and imploding marriages.