The Javanka Presidency: Ivanka Trump 'Quietly' Lobbying Congress For Gun Control

Chris Menahan
Aug. 14, 2019

We voted for Donald Trump and got Javanka.

From Breitbart, "Report: Ivanka Trump Calling Congressional Members About Gun Control":
Ivanka Trump is reportedly calling members of Congress to feel out various gun control proposals and to figure out what needs to be done in order to get them passed.

Axios reports that Ivanka “has quietly been calling lawmakers since the El Paso and Dayton massacres to gauge their openness to movement on gun legislation when Congress returns.”

These calls reportedly included a conversation with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is preparing to reintroduce the universal background check bill he and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) pushed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack.

One of Manchin’s aides told Axios, “[Ivanka] was trying to get a sense of what bills are out there. She had him explain how they drafted the bill, where it stands and what changes needed to be made in order for it to pass.”

The Washington Post reported Manchin saying Trump called him August 5 and “the two spoke again on [August 6], when Trump said he wanted legislation before September, when the Senate is scheduled to return.”
Incidentally, I think it was Vicky Ward's book Kushner, Inc. which detailed how the Obama administration waved ethics rules against hiring your own family members so that Javanka could get into Trump's administration. They hoped the two would be a "moderating" force.

They certainly were a moderating force when it came to pushing through the agenda Trump ran on, but they've been extremely radical when it comes to their own agenda.

Last week, CNN ran a story from Vicky Ward on how Kushner and his criminal blackmailer father Charles (who appears to be guiding his every decision) were the ones who pushed Trump to pardon money laundering fraudster Sholom Rubashkin, who made headlines around 2004 for running a Kosher slaughterhouse employing hundreds of illegal aliens which resembled a torture dungeon.

From CNN, "The inside story of how a kosher meat kingpin won clemency under Trump":
The Rubashkin commutation is one of the earliest examples of Kushner's success in persuading the President to make a decision that appeared to some in the White House to be a blatant example of cronyism and was out of step with their political messaging. The Rubashkin commutation was felt by those three senior White House staff who spoke to CNN, to be glaringly hypocritical, because of what one person called "the immigration element."

[...] According to a source with knowledge, Charles Kushner also started to lobby the New York legal community the moment Trump won the 2016 election. In January 2017, Reade denied Rubashkin's motion to be resentenced. Soon after, Jared Kushner took up Rubashkin's cause inside the White House.

Charles Kushner's attorney said he understood Dershowitz's lobbying is what deserves credit.

"Anyone who helped get Rubashkin out deserves a medal, not criticism," said Benjamin Brafman.

It is not known if the Kushners personally knew Rubashkin. But Charles Kushner has talked about the gratitude he has felt toward the Chabad Lubavitch movement, according to someone familiar with that community. A Chabad rabbi took Kushner, an observant Jew, kosher meals and helped him with religious obligations while he served 14 months of a two-year prison sentence in Montgomery, Alabama, for witness tampering, tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions. President Trump has also welcomed the Lubavitch group into the White House.

In assessing the Rubashkin case, the President turned to three White House officials— Donald F. McGahn, Chief White House Counsel, whose office is the liaison with the Justice Department; Staff Secretary Rob Porter, a lawyer who at the time was a particularly trusted adviser to Trump; and newly-installed chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, who was supposed to vet all political decisions. All three have left the White House.

Kelly had come to the job with a mandate of instituting a level of order and discipline into the chaotic West Wing. That included being told by the President to rein in his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner, according to two White House sources. Kelly bristled at the Rubashkin issue, and "wanted to get the case off his desk," according to a former colleague. McGahn disliked it too, according to two sources close to McGahn, largely because of its association with immigration.

[...] Ultimately, it took Trump, who said he had never heard of Rubashkin when Jared Kushner first raised his case, months to wrap his head around what to do. "What do you think I should do?" He occasionally asked a group of his advisers who were non-committal, according to one source.

Kushner, meanwhile, educated himself on the facts of the case; his senior aide Avrahm (Avi) Berkowitz had several conversations with Alan Dershowitz who provided him with information about the case, that he in turn got from Apfel.

[...] Ultimately Trump signed the commutation after Kushner had pushed a number of times as Hanukkah was approaching. The President liked the idea of doing something that could play well in the Orthodox Jewish community, according to a former senior White House official with direct knowledge of the President's thinking at the time. And he was buoyed by the reaction among anti-immigration voters in his base to the Arpaio pardon.

The irony of the contradictory politics in the two clemency cases never struck him, at least visibly, says a White House source.
CNN went on to note how Kushner got Trump to sign off on criminal justice reform -- which is letting out a bunch of violent criminals and sex offenders.

Late last month, Trump also pardoned Israeli-born drug smuggler Ronen Nahmani, even though the judge who sentenced him reportedly said he showed no remorse or concern for his victims. Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, also heavily lobbied for Nahmani's pardon.

While Javanka on one hand are lobbying to get their own criminals like Sholom Rubashkin released from prison, on the other hand they're lobbying to turn law-abiding Trump supporters into criminals through "red flag" laws.

Trump on Tuesday even "joked" about seizing Chris Cuomo's guns for getting into a heated confrontation with a guy who called him "Fredo."

While Trump's comment was somewhat funny, it comes across as rather disturbing considering Trump last week demanded "red flag" gun seizure laws, swift executions for so-called "hate crimes" and "involuntary confinement" for people the state deems "mentally disturbed."

Most Trump supporters voted for him in 2016 because he said he would build a wall, restrict immigration, fix our trade deals and end our stupid wars. Instead, he has let Javanka run the White House and now he's pushing gun control after throwing open our nation's prisons.

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