Granderson: The ‘election police’ don’t need to be right to be effective
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said Thursday that the election-security agency he founded in 2012, Election Protection LLC, “isn’t even a full-time agency. … It’s not an election-security agency at all. It’s more of a civil defense.”
What he means is that the agency has been a front group for the Clinton campaign, and it works with other government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General to make sure that elections happen — a description that leaves something to be desired.
Mr. Trump has made his election-security agency the target of criticism, both in print and on social media. He told reporters to “go to hell” for suggesting that the agency was a front for helping him win.
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
“He’s been taking millions of dollars from Hillary’s campaign all the way back in ’08 — from her finance chair to her deputy finance chair, like a dummy. Now, he’s going to get $5 million,” said conservative commentator Ben Domenech on Fox News. “That’s like the highest they’re ever going to go at it. … He has no idea that the Clinton campaign is going to be using that money.”
“I’m a conservative. So I want to stop all the liberal special interest money coming out of — like — Trump’s mouth,” said Fox News host Sean Hannity. “We’re not going to let Clinton get away with this money, OK? Hillary Clinton is on the take. The Russians are on the take. The money is coming out of our campaign, so let’s keep it that way.”
The Daily Beast said that Mr. Trump’s campaign and the Clinton campaign had paid over $1 million from the EPLP, the Election Protection LLC, between now and November 2016, though Mr. Trump has said repeatedly that it wasn’t about the Russians influencing the election.