Kushner Appears Before Lawmakers Days After Mueller’s Report Is Submitted

Days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his confidential report to Attorney General William Barr, President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law Jared Kushner was spotted in Washington, D.C. leaving a closed-door hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its Russia investigation.

BuzzFeed News reported that meeting started around 9:30 a.m. and ended around noon.

Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) would only say, “I can’t tell you anything about the investigation.”

It’s not clear at this time what was discussed or if it was connected to the Mueller report, as no one involved has said anything of substance. It was the second time Kushner has answered the Committee’s questions.

The first time was in 2017.

It seems unlikely Kushner’s name will come up in the Mueller report at all.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appears at least to agree with Barr that no charges were warranted for conspiracy or obstruction of justice against Trump or members of his campaign, already previewed what to expect from the report in terms of policy.

“Regardless of political affiliation, thoughtful former Department leaders recognize that departures from our confidentiality policies pose an extraordinary threat to the Department’s independence and integrity,” he said. “Punishing wrongdoers through judicial proceedings is only one part of the Department’s mission. We also have a duty to prevent the disclosure of information that would unfairly tarnish people who are not charged with crimes.”

Kushner has not been charged, though there have been other concerns raised about how he came to obtain a top secret security clearance despite alarm bells raised by the CIA.

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Matt Naham is managing editor of Law&Crime. He formerly worked as news editor and weekend editor at Rare.

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