Trump Son-In-Law To Be Questioned On Russian Ties

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington: As part of the ongoing investigation regarding the Russian intervention in the 2016 election process, the Senate Intelligence Committee wanted to question Trump’s son-in-law, the White House Counsel announced.

Jared Kushner, close adviser to President Trump and Ivanka Trump’s husband, met with the Russian Ambassador Sergey.I.Kislyak in December. Later, Kushner’s deputy met with the ambassador during the presidential transition.

Kushner also met with the chief of Vneshconombank, a top bank in Russia, on which the United States imposed sanctions after Russia had occupied Crimea, and interfered in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

Kushner has agreed to appear before the committee, according to a White House spokesperson.

This is the first time that any close associate of President Trump or anyone currently working in the White House is appearing before the Senate to testify on Russian ties or any other investigations.

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, Paul Manafort, campaign manager for Donald Trump, were also asked to appear before the Senate intelligence committee regarding the Russian investigations, but they are not currently working in the White House. Flynn resigned as security adviser for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the details of his meeting with Russian diplomats. The communication interceptions by FBI confirm talks between them about the Russian sanctions, which Flynn denied.

During the presidential transition, Kushner was acting as a conduit between the foreign governments and the Trump team, and it is not unusual for any person in that capacity to meet with world leaders and representatives.

According to the New York Times, a White House spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, confirmed that nothing of any consequence was discussed during the meetings and that they went nowhere. She said that there were no indications that these meetings were the focus of the investigations.

A probe into a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian officials in order to manipulate the election process began this month by the FBI after the bureau had gone through some considerable evidence that suggested further investigations into the matter.

The meetings with Russian Ambassador and other diplomats during and after presidential elections have caused a headache to the Trump administration.

Earlier, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from any inquiries related to Russian ties, as he also met with Russian Ambassador Kislyak during the elections.

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