What’s in a word? COLLABORATOR



intr.v. col·lab·o·rat·ed, col·lab·o·rat·ing, col·lab·o·rates
1. To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.2. To cooperate treasonably, as with an enemy occupation force in one’s country.

Major Presidential deputy works to downplay involvement of Russians in 2016 election. Previously he and his president lied about the campaigns’ contacts with Russian agents. He was involved in meetings with Russians about the campaign and lied about it. Is he a collaborator or a colluder?

“Despite what Kushner said on Tuesday, it is not the case that Russian interference didn’t go beyond a handful of Facebook ads. According to information released by the House Intelligence Committee last year, Russian agents actually purchased about 3,500 Facebook ads during the 2016 presidential campaign, spending more than $1 million a month to reach about 10 million users. Meanwhile, Russian agents also purchased ads on Instagram and created thousands of bot accounts on Twitter that almost exclusively spread propaganda aimed at helping Trump by damaging Hillary Clinton.

And this from Newsweek:

“Soon after, it was revealed that one of Kushner’s applications for security clearances featured a litany of mistakes. Most notably, Kushner failed to disclose a June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. This was omitted even after Kushner said he edited and resubmitted the application multiple times.”

“”I have never seen that level of mistakes,” Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, a division of the Office of Personnel Management, said at the time.”

Medicynical note: Perhaps not labeling but simply saying “worked together” with the Russians for mutual benefit best describes Kushner’s and others in this government’s activities. But then isn’t that the action of a collaborator?

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