Retired U.S. Navy Officer and MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance made a pretty serious charge against President Trump’s senior aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner, depending on whether a report from the Washington Post was true or not. He made the accusations Friday on MSNBC to Chis L. Hayes.
“You also said that you thought under the Espionage Act,” Hayes asked, referring to the previous panelist saying it sounded like Kushner committed a felony, “what do you mean by that, Malcolm?”
“Right now there’s just take it from the perspective of every intelligence watch officer in the world who is watching the program right now,” he responded. “There are thousands of people who are out there who are on duty who are watching this, who have top secret SCI, special access program clearance, knowing that in one instance, even a fraction of this, would lose their clearances, will have to ask themselves the question they would have to ask in any counter-intelligence environment and that is simply this: Why?”
“What is the motivational device that Jared Kushner,” he said forcefully, “should this story be true, because we don’t know if it’s entirely true. We don’t even know what the source of this was. The Russians themselves could have leaked this story to create chaos.”
“But why would he want to hide, covert,” he continued, “his communications from the U.S. government, believing that he would want to be able to use a facility, obviously that would have more secure communications to create a back channel that U.S. cryptologic collection couldn’t get.”
“That right there along is covert communications,” Nance said.
“That is indicative of espionage activity of an American citizen that is working in league with a hostile government,” he concluded. “And right now there is no FBI counterintelligence officer in the world right now that does not believe that if this story is true.”
The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner floated the idea of beginning a back channel of communications between the Trump transition team and the Russian government in order to escape monitoring by U.S. authorities. Their anonymous sources indicated that he made this offer to Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak when they met at Trump Tower in December.