FourFourSeconds ago, the news about the death of US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was just that: bad.
The man who, before the end of his presidency, had a White House post with the power to veto foreign aid, the president was at the centre of a scandal, the first major US casualty of a war that had raged for five years.
And now, amid a political crisis in the White House, the tragedy was being covered in the press with a level of interest and fascination that we have rarely seen in American politics.
It wasn’t a coincidence that the coverage of Kushner’s death came after a scandal involving Trump himself.
On Saturday, Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr, tweeted that Kushner was being investigated over a $400,000 mortgage loan from a Russian oligarch.
“I don’t know if we should be surprised or not.
But he has been in bed with Russia all his life,” he wrote.
That prompted the immediate response from the White Trump campaign, which said it was not surprised, at all.
Trump Jr told the New York Times that he did not think the Russians were behind the leak.
Kushner had been one of Trump’s closest confidants during his campaign, and he had also helped him during the transition.
In a statement, Kushner said that his father’s administration was “doing everything it can to protect our country”.
“If there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, I believe it was a mistake,” he said.
When the scandal became public, Kushner was a key figure in the Trump administration, but the former reality TV star’s position was far from secure.
He had been given a key role in Trump’s White House by his father-in‑law, who was pushing to build a wall on the US-Mexico border and deport illegal immigrants.
After the scandal broke, Kushner’s relationship with his father was increasingly complicated.
Jared Kushner, the son- in-law of US president Donald Trump, was involved in a White Senate hearing in which the president’s former adviser and top campaign surrogate was questioned on the leak of information to the press about the Russia investigation.
His father had previously said he would be happy to meet the president in person.
But, after his son’s resignation, Trump took a more aggressive approach, and fired him.
Following Kushner’s firing, the Trump White House announced that he would not be a campaign adviser.
Meanwhile, a number of senior Trump administration officials were also under investigation.
Former chief strategist Stephen Bannon was accused of attempting to undermine Trump’s credibility.
One of them, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was the subject of multiple congressional investigations.
During his confirmation hearing for a seat on the Supreme Court, Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey had said that he felt he was being protected by Sessions because of his friendship with Kushner.
Mr Menendez said: “He’s my friend and I would be shocked if he did anything wrong.”
Jenny Beth Martin, the White Helmets, a Syrian humanitarian group, released a video on Monday that claimed that the Russian government has used US-made weapons to “cleanse” Aleppo and Syria from its inhabitants.
President Trump said on Tuesday that he was aware of the footage, but he did nothing about it, and it did not affect the Russia-Syria conflict.
CNN reported on Monday evening that a source close to the White, White House was aware that a WhiteHouse.gov email was leaked and shared.
According to CNN, the email read: “There are reports circulating that the Russians are now using some of these US-supplied, highly-advanced air-to-ground missiles to target the White house.
The email also includes the names and email addresses of some of the top White House aides, including Jared Kushner and Stephen Bannon.”
The emails, which were reportedly sent between January 1 and February 5, 2016, were later confirmed by the US intelligence community.
This was a leak from a US official, not a foreign agent, according to the Times.
Although the information about the leak was not directly from the Russian, it is believed that the emails contained classified information.
So far, the investigation has not found any evidence that Jared Kushner colluded with the Russians to undermine US democracy.
US intelligence agencies are investigating the leak, and US President Trump said last month that the investigation was “in full swing” and that there was “no collusion”.
The US intelligence agencies have not yet released a full list of the officials and officials they are looking at, although the Washington Post has reported that senior White House officials are being investigated for possible ties to the Russian state.
Last month, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held a press conference in which they confirmed that there were no grounds for a criminal investigation against the President.
They also said that there would be no charges