November 17, 2016

There's one thing that certainly defines Trump's people. They all have long memories and settle grudges.

Yesterday, reports broke out that Trump's son in law pushed out Chris Christie and his transition team picks as payback for Christie prosecuting his father years ago.

CNN reports that, "Kushner is at the center of pitched "infighting" over the composition and direction of the team, most notably the dismissal of Christie, who was displaced by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and his earlier hires."

USA Today reports:

Not only was Christie demoted to vice chairman of the Trump transition organization, former Congressman Mike Rogers, a close friend of Christie’s and brought aboard during Christie’s six months in charge, left the project Tuesday.NBC News reported two sources close to Rogers said he had been the victim of what one called a “Stalinesque purge” from the transition of people close to Christie.

Also taking hits have been Bill Palatucci, who had been the transition’s general counsel, and Rich Bagger, the executive director. They lost their titles last Friday. Palatucci and Bagger, both of whom have been longtime Christie associates, are now transition advisers.

Even though the Trump campaign is trying to deny these news reports, it seems fairly obvious what's happening.

Kevin Drum explains why Jared Kushner was no saint and suggests, we keep an eye on Jared.

Wait. Kushner's father engaged in witness tampering? Oh yes:

The federal witnesses he had attempted to retaliate against were his sister and brother-in-law, who were cooperating with that same investigation. Kushner paid a prostitute $10,000 to lure his brother-in-law to a motel room at the Red Bull Inn in Bridgewater to have sex with him. A hidden camera recorded the activity, and Kushner sent the lurid tape to his sister, making sure the tape arrived on the day of a family party.

Maybe we should be less worried about Steve Bannon and more worried about Jared Kushner. No, scratch that. We should be worried about both. But Bannon is already getting plenty of attention. I have a feeling maybe Kushner should too.

These people not only screw their rivals, they screw their family members too.

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