White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens during a meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Jared Kushner – Russia Story Sounds Like No Big Deal Outside Trump Derangement Syndrome

Inside Trump Derangement Syndrome, Steve Bannon Kellyanne Conway Mike Flynn Paul Manafort Ross Tillerson Jeff Sessions Jared Kushner is suspected of having plotted with the Russians to steal the American election and share classified American intelligence.

In the light least favorable to the President and his family, which is the courtesy expected by much of the media, left, and even some Republicans these days, we are to presume nefariousness, deviousness, and cheating in all things Trump related. So when word came that Jared Kushner had reached out to the Russians looking for secret contacts and conversations with the Russian leadership, we are supposed to presume that he was plotting treason. If you do not believe he was plotting treason, then you too might be aiding and abetting the Russians, you traitor.

Back in reality, however, it looks more like the campaign did not know who to trust, clearly did not trust the Obama Administration, and wanted to keep the Obama Administration’s eyes off both their transition plans and their pending foreign policy. It makes a great deal of sense that Kushner reached out to the Russians looking for a “backdoor.” It also makes a great deal of sense that an amateur without the expertise in doing so who was working under a deep sense of distrust of the Obama administration would both ask unreasonably for access via Russian communications systems (this is in dispute) and screw it all up.

We’re in a country where both sides fundamentally distrust the motives of the other side and where each side views the other as the enemy. Kushner works as his father-in-law’s right hand, did not trust Mike Flynn (this is pretty well established), and wanted to reset the already reset relationship with Russia that the Obama Administration had screwed up.

Yes, there could be more there. But thus far the story seems a nothing burger expect through the lens of Trump Derangement Syndrome where every member of the Trump Team is guilty until proven innocent.

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