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Kushner under scrutiny in Russian probe – The Hill

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Kushner under scrutiny in Russian probe
The Hill
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser,  is under increasing scrutiny in the myriad investigations into Russian interference in the U.S. election. Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed on Thursday that …and more »
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It’s been three weeks since Special Counsel Robert Mueller arrested Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort and campaign adviser Rick Gates, creating the expectation that more arrests would come in rapid fashion. It’s been two weeks since the headlines declared that Mueller was about to arrest Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his son Michael Flynn Jr yet it still hasn’t happened. So what gives? The answer appears to be rather specific, and it’s good news for Mueller’s side.Just as it appeared Michael Flynn’s arrest was imminent, the media added an entirely new twist to the Flynn story. Flynn has long been accused of having participated in a conspiracy to kidnap a guy in Pennsylvania. In fact former CIA Director James Woolsey, who was a Trump campaign adviser at the time, claims to have witnessed the conversation. But then came the revelation last week that the government of Turkey allegedly offered Flynn a $15 million bribe in exchange for using his position in the Trump regime to make it happen (Flynn denies all of these charges).

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Although Robert Mueller has proven he’s willing to be aggressive in pursuing Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, he’s also intent on doing the job correctly. The public may be impatient to see another arrest but Mueller is more interested in getting this right. Michael Flynn’s arrest will come, and now it will be for even more serious charges. That only increases the odds Flynn will flip on Donald Trump.

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Staunton, November 19 In Russia today, monuments more than memoranda have become the most favored way of expressing political views at least in part because, however controversial many of them inevitably become, statues allow for multiple interpretations or alternatively for none at all.

This weekend brought two examples. In the first, Vladimir Putin dedicated a statue in Russian-occupied Crimea to Emperor Aleksandr III, the embodiment for many of imperial cruelty but for others the rare tsar who did not embroil the country in a foreign war (iz.ru/672640/2017-11-18/putin-nazval-imperatora-aleksandra-iii-vydaiushchimsia-deiatelem-i-patriotom).

And in the second, officials in Kostroma erected a statue of a three-headed dragon, something they said symbolized the three branches of a free and democratic government (legislative, executive, and judicial) but that passers-by may view as simply an ornamental design (newizv.ru/news/society/19-11-2017/vot-te-na-trehgolovyy-zmey-gorynych-stal-simvolom-russkoy-svobody).

On the URA news site, two of its journalists, Mikhail Bely and Stanislav Zakharkin discuss why in Russia so many monuments are being erected and point to the numerous cases like Aleksandr III where those putting up the monument may want to convey one message but those looking at it will take away a very different one (ura.news/articles/1036272978).

Aleksey Kurtov, president of the Russian Association of Political Consultants, tells them that there is another subliminal message being delivered by the kind of monuments going up in Russia now. The majority of those erected recently are devoted to a particular individual rather than to any idea.

That reflects the interests of the state which views heroes as the best model for emulation; and thus, even though few talk about it, these statues to figures like Aleksandr III work one way ideologically while those to ideas of democracy and division of powers work in an entirely different way and one that the current Russian regime has little interest in cultivating.

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