The Wall Street Journal reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is now scrutinizing previous efforts by Jared Kushner, a top aide to President Trump (and also his son-in-law), to fight against a radical anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations during the transition period.
The report describes the newest revelation as “sign of the expansive nature of the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the election.”
Mueller is looking into the events surrounding the Obama administration’s infamous abstention to a anti-Israel resolution in the last weeks of his presidency, marking a low point in relations between the past president and the Jewish state.
As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, the United States has veto power over the council’s resolutions and could have blocked the extreme anti-Israel measure. Instead, Team Obama chose to abstain and let the resolution pass.
The resolution condemned Israel for “settlement”-building in disputed territories. The non-partisan Simon Wiesenthal Center ranked it the most anti-Semitic/anti-Israel incident of 2016. Moreover, the resolution declared that two of the holiest sites in Judaism – the Temple Mount and the Western Wall – are “occupied Palestinian territory.”
Knowing that Obama would probably relish the opportunity to shiv Israel one last time, Israeli officials reached out to the Trump transition team last December to see if they could pressure countries into shutting down the resolution.
The incoming President Trump took to Twitter and other social media platforms to blast the resolution. Even prominent Democratic members of Congress criticized Obama for betraying Israel at the U.N.
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
Now, according to the Journal’s report Wednesday, Mueller is analyzing whether Jared Kushner potentially reached out to other countries (particularly, Russia) to lobby against the resolution.
Even if it turns out that Kushner did indeed pressure foreign governments to axe the resolution, there’s nothing seemingly immoral or illegal that stands out about that alleged action. If anything, Kushner should be applauded for trying to block Obama’s militantly anti-Israel crusade.
President Trump has been in office for almost a year now, and not a single piece of evidence has surfaced to indicate that he colluded with Russia to win the election. Alarmingly, the Mueller probe has continued to move in an extra-constitutional direction.
The latest probe into Kushner’s alleged pro-Israel activity goes to show how off the rails the so-called “Trump-Russia” investigation has become.
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