On the heels of two reports from NBC News and The Washington Post that Jared Kushner is purportedly being eyed up by the FBI in the ongoing Russia investigation, MSNBC's Chris Matthews blasted Kushner and President Donald Trump over White House nepotism.
During Thursday's airing of "Hardball," Matthews addressed the reports and voiced his opinion that it was a "bad idea" for Trump to appoint Kushner, his son-in-law, to any position within the White House.
"I think it was a bad idea to let him become an assistant to the president,” Matthews said. “I think it’s nepotism run wild.”
He also noted Kushner's omnipresence, and questioned the motivations behind Kushner's ambitions.
"This is follow the money time," Matthews said. "I’m watching this guy. This son-in-law. He’s a business guy. We know what he’s doing."
He said that wherever Trump goes, Kushner follows closely behind.
"He’s making a lot of money," Matthews said. "He married into a lot of money ... He’s in bed with that family. And the President troops him around with him."
Further wondering why Kushner — an assistant to the president — was on Trump's international tour, Matthews asked, "What’s he gotta see the Pope for?! What’s he standing behind Trump for at the Pope’s?! Why’s he there?"
Calling Kushner's presence "a statement to the world," Matthews paraphrased his interpretation of Trump's desire to have his son-in-law by his side.
“If you wanna deal with me," he explained, "deal with him.”
NBC and The Washington Post both reported on Thursday that Kusher is "now a focus" and is "under scrutiny" in the Russia investigation.
Both outlets reported that Kushner became the focus of the investigation over December meetings with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow due to "the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians," sources said.