Chris Christie just wrote a telling piece for Politico about how Jared Kushner derailed plans for the former NJ governor to run Trump’s presidential transition team. Turns out it was what the speculation had assumed. Kushner held a major grudge against Christie’s role as prosecutor of his father, Charles Kushner, who went to prison in 2005 for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering.
Christie — I’d been around politics long enough to grasp what was happening. Jared was trying — and not so subtly — to derail my appointment as transition chairman. The issue wasn’t the rushing. The issue was the guy. Donald didn’t sound as convinced as Jared did.
“Jared,” he said, “why would we have to wait on this? It’s going to be a great announcement for him and a great announcement for us.”
Jared let a beat pass before he spoke up. But when he started talking, he sounded like a person who’d been holding poison inside himself for a very long time. “You really want to know why?” Jared asked.
“Yeah,” Trump said.
“Because I don’t trust him to have this, and you know why I don’t trust him to have it.”
“He tried to destroy my father.”
Special counsel disputes report Trump directed Cohen to lie under oath: “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the special counsel’s office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony are not accurate.” (CNN)
I am listening to air traffic control
EXEC1F appears to be headed to Palm Beach. ATC just said they will have to do some serious vectoring to get the plane in line with the rest of the Palm Beach traffic.
EXEC1F is typically the callsign for a plane with the first lady on it.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman, POLITICO)
Ka-ching: Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow Trump tower project (BuzzFeed)