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Jared Kushner Urged Trump to Plunge into Latest Foolish Mistake

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It took a mere 10 hours before President Donald Trump abandoned the calm response that had initially come from the White House in response to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any Trump ties thereto.

In a duo of tweets on Thursday morning, the President lashed out against the appointment. “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!” Trump began. He then tweeted moments later “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Trump learned of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to appoint former FBI director Robert Mueller at 5:35, only about 30 minutes prior to the news becoming public, and after Rosenstein had actually signed the order.

According to the New York Times, “Trump, who was looking through papers, reacted calmly but defiantly at first, according to two people familiar with the events, saying he wanted to ‘right back.'”

He then called in his team, realizing the seriousness of the situation. The team included Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Communications Director Michael Dubke, son-in-law Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, aide Hope Hicks, Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway, and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

Of those in the meeting, most recommended a calm, conciliatory response which included releasing a statement accepting the Deputy AG’s decision, and welcoming an investigation.

Jared Kushner, on the other hand, voiced the minority position that the President should counterattack — what he instinctively is inclined to do. Kushner, incidentally, was also one of the main advocates for firing former FBI Director James Comey, which is largely credited with unleashing a firestorm from which the White House has not recovered, and which, by all accounts, will likely get much worse.

His latest decision to lash out against the special counsel appears to be the latest in a string of self-inflicted wounds that have crippled his administration.

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