JUST IN: Sens. Feinstein and Grassley request additional information from Jared Kushner pic.twitter.com/NAj94Z1iVh
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) November 16, 2017
The Senate Judiciary Committee wants more information from Jared Kushner‘s lawyer Abbe Lowell. They claim he didn’t release his client’s communications about WikiLeaks. The letter from chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) said that they want a September 2016 email about WikiLeaks. They said Kushner forwarded this to another campaign official. They said he also forwarded another letter about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite.” Kushner was also cc’d onto communications with business Sergei Millian, a reported source in Fusion GPS’ unverified Trump dossier. Grassley and Feinstein wrote that these documents should have turned up in their previous requests for records.
Law&Crime reached out to Lowell for comment.
This comes after news that the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. maintained a 10-month correspondence with WikiLeaks. During the election, the publisher released hacked emails from the account of Hillary Clinton chairman John Podesta. A source, described as someone familiar with congressional investigations into Russian interference, told The Atlantic that Don Jr. contacted campaign officials including Kushner. Kushner, in turn, forwarded this message to Hope Hicks.
A special counsel and several congressional committees are looking into whether the Trump campaign (illegally) colluded in Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. It’s a little early to say whether or not Don Jr.’s correspondence somehow broke the law. Based on what’s publicly known, it may be a stretch to claim illegality.
Trump Jr. denied wrongdoing. His father President Donald Trump called the Russia allegations a “witch hunt” by Democrats.
Kushner serves as Senior Adviser to the POTUS, his father-in-law. In a report declassified in January, U.S. intelligence officials said Moscow engaged in interference efforts to help Trump win the election, and sent hacked information to WikiLeaks.
[Screengrab via PBS]