Trump does have a few rules. And these two might be the most important:
1. Family first. Always.
2. Staff getting bad press for the boss isn’t staff for long.
Which brings us to Jared Kushner, who is both a senior adviser to Trump and the President’s son-in-law.
Kushner, whose portfolio is so broad that he’s been described as the “Secretary of Everything,” was widely regarded as the one untouchable staffer in the White House due to rule No. 1. Kushner was family — he’s married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka — before he was ever a member of the Trump staff.
Then last week happened. Kushner, according to The Washington Post, sought a secret backchannel with the Russians in a December meeting with ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The Post reported that the FBI, which is in the midst of an ongoing investigation into Russia meddling into the 2016 election and the possibility of collusion with some elements of the Trump campaign found that meeting to be of “investigative interest.”
While that was the biggest negative story about Kushner that popped into the national media at the end of last week, it wasn’t the only one. Reuters reported that Kushner had at least three previously unreported contacts with Kislyak both during and after the 2016 campaign. Then, on Monday night, The New York Times reported that federal investigators are trying to figure out why Kushner met with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov shortly after the meeting with Kislyak reported by the Post.