DNC alleges Secret Service blocked it from serving a lawsuit to Kushner

Mar 2012
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The Democratic National Committee tried and failed three times to serve Jared Kushner with a lawsuit at his Manhattan apartment and was turned away by a US Secret Service agent when it attempted to deliver the packet to the White House senior adviser's Washington, DC, home, according to court filings.

After consulting with a superior, the Secret Service agent told the server "figure out another way to attempt service," the DNC alleged. The DNC next tried to deliver the lawsuit alleging Donald Trump's presidential campaign conspired with the Russian government to disrupt the 2016 election by certified mail, but the US Postal Service said no one at Kushner's home would sign for the package.

In a game of cat and mouse, the DNC has knocked on doors multiple times to try to alert Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and husband of fellow White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, that he was named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed in April in New York federal court. The DNC then asked the judge overseeing the case for permission to send the lawsuit via first class mail. "First-class mail does not require a signature, and will therefore remain at Kushner's home -- and not returned to sender -- if no one signs a delivery receipt," the DNC wrote.

Judge John Koeltl denied the motion, finding the DNC "has not yet established the impracticability of other means of serving Kushner."

The Secret Service declined to comment. One law enforcement source told CNN the agents deal with security considerations first and everything else comes second. They're "always going to deny it based on security.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/18/politics/jared-kushner-democratic-national-committee-lawsuit/index.html
 
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Babba

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This means the Trumps are above the law. I thought no one is above the law.
 
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This means the Trumps are above the law. I thought no one is above the law.
This is certainly a complex case. One cant be served unless they are done so in person. The Secret Service refuses to allow that. What I dont get is how come a judge cant call in Kushner and hand it to him? I would think the judge could assist here but he doesnt seem to want to.
 
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The Democratic National Committee tried and failed three times to serve Jared Kushner with a lawsuit at his Manhattan apartment and was turned away by a US Secret Service agent when it attempted to deliver the packet to the White House senior adviser's Washington, DC, home, according to court filings.

After consulting with a superior, the Secret Service agent told the server "figure out another way to attempt service," the DNC alleged. The DNC next tried to deliver the lawsuit alleging Donald Trump's presidential campaign conspired with the Russian government to disrupt the 2016 election by certified mail, but the US Postal Service said no one at Kushner's home would sign for the package.

In a game of cat and mouse, the DNC has knocked on doors multiple times to try to alert Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and husband of fellow White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, that he was named as a defendant in the lawsuit filed in April in New York federal court. The DNC then asked the judge overseeing the case for permission to send the lawsuit via first class mail. "First-class mail does not require a signature, and will therefore remain at Kushner's home -- and not returned to sender -- if no one signs a delivery receipt," the DNC wrote.

Judge John Koeltl denied the motion, finding the DNC "has not yet established the impracticability of other means of serving Kushner."

The Secret Service declined to comment. One law enforcement source told CNN the agents deal with security considerations first and everything else comes second. They're "always going to deny it based on security.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/18/politics/jared-kushner-democratic-national-committee-lawsuit/index.html
If people are going to hide behind the Secret Service to avoid process, then there should be a simple law allowing process to be served, for anyone under Secret Service protection, simply by sending something to the Secret Service. Then they can arrange to deliver it.
 
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If people are going to hide behind the Secret Service to avoid process, then there should be a simple law allowing process to be served, for anyone under Secret Service protection, simply by sending something to the Secret Service. Then they can arrange to deliver it.
A law like that can only be passed when a Democrat is POTUS. The GOP must maintain their double standards...
 
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This is certainly a complex case. One cant be served unless they are done so in person. The Secret Service refuses to allow that. What I dont get is how come a judge cant call in Kushner and hand it to him? I would think the judge could assist here but he doesnt seem to want to.
sounds like they need a new judge.
 
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the watchman

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If people are going to hide behind the Secret Service to avoid process, then there should be a simple law allowing process to be served, for anyone under Secret Service protection, simply by sending something to the Secret Service. Then they can arrange to deliver it.
never even knew the Secret Service did this before now. Somethings seems a bit off here.
 
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never even knew the Secret Service did this before now. Somethings seems a bit off here.
I knew they open every piece of mail and go through every box delivered and what not. Presidents and their families cant order anything online without it going under scrutiny. But I didnt know they could essentially take a subpoena and not deliver it.
 
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