Kushner to cooperate with FBI investigation into Russia ties

Kushner to cooperate with FBI investigation into Russia ties

The attorney for Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump, says he has no recollection of calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.

The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials.

Kislyak, Russia's Ambassador to Washington, reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner proposed during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, to set up a secret and secure communication channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin, shielding their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to US officials.

People familiar with the matter say the FBI now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest.
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry," the statement from Gorelick said.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the House oversight committee has asked the FBI to turn over more documents about former Director James Comey’s interactions with the White House and Justice Department, including materials dating back nearly four years to the Obama administration.

The FBI and the oversight committee — as well as several other congressional panels — are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump fired Comey on May 9 amid questions about the FBI's investigation, which is now being overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, former FBI director.
NBC News and The Washington Post first reported that the FBI’s ongoing investigation includes a look at Kushner, which would place the probe inside the White House.


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