Jared Kushner allegedly asked for secret communication with Russian Federation

Elias Hubbard
May 27, 2017

The White House made no immediate response to either report.

Kushner, 36, is a real estate developer who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka.

News media report that the FBI is investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials.

General Flynn was forced to resign in February after it emerged that he had misled other administration officials about the extent of his contacts with Mr Kislyak. Officials said that though Kushner has come under scrutiny from the probe, he is not now suspected of a crime or facing charges of any kind.

If he were a "target", it would suggest Kushner was a main suspect of the investigation.

Everything we've learned these past few weeks as it relates to the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation is noteworthy, but it can be caveated with a reasonable explanation from the Trump White House.

In recent months, several Trump campaign associates, such as Roger Stone and Carter Page, have been contacted by Senate investigators, but the campaign itself had not been asked to preserve and produce materials.

The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick comes amid reports that the FBI is scrutinizing Kushner's encounters as part of broader investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier Thursday, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz told acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he wants records of Comey's contacts with the White House and Justice Department dating to September 2013, when Comey was sworn in as FBI director under President Barack Obama.

Mr Kushner offered in March to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia'€™s attempts to interfere in last year'€™s election.

According to the report, Kislyak was said to have been caught off-guard by Kushner's suggestion as agreeing to the request would have produced a great deal of risk for both the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

Kushner also met that month with Sergei Gorkov, chairman of VneshEconomBank, a state bank under U.S. sanctions since July 2014. Subsequently, five Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives called for Kushner's clearance to be revoked.

His lawyer later said it was a mistake, telling the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he would amend the forms. The bank is under USA sanctions and was implicated in a 2015 espionage case in which one of its NY executives pleaded guilty to spying and was jailed.

The FBI focus on Flynn also touches on Kushner because he led the presidential transition's foreign policy efforts.

The FBI now considers this meeting and Kushner's meeting with a Russian banker to be of interest.

NPR has not independently confirmed the Post's report.

Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Trump, after arriving in Baghdad, Iraq, April 3, 2017.

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