Jared Kushner Agrees to Be Grilled Over Russia Ties

Ivanka's husband, and President Trump's senior adviser, will speak to Senate panel
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2017 11:51 AM CDT
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, attend a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of...   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – On Jared Kushner's growing to-do list: bringing peace to the Middle East, streamlining government processes, and now, talking to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russia. Per the AP, the White House has confirmed President Trump's son-in-law, husband of Ivanka Trump, has said he'll speak to the committee to assist its investigation into possible ties between Russian officials and those linked to Trump. Specifically, government officials tell the New York Times that Kushner is expected to be grilled about meetings he arranged between the election and the inauguration with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, whose interaction with ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn led to the latter's resignation after Flynn wasn't immediately forthcoming about their contact. Interview details haven't yet been finalized, a source familiar with the investigation tells the AP.

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks tell the Times Kushner met at Trump Tower with Kislyak in early December (with Flynn also present) to start a conversation on US-Russian relations, as well as the Middle East. But a second meeting later in December also took place, with Hicks noting Kushner sent an associate in his place. At that meet, Kislyak asked Kushner to meet with Sergey Gorkov, head of Russia's Vnesheconombank, which has been sanctioned by the US. Kushner met with Gorkov, but Hicks says it "wasn't much" of a talk. Kushner is now the fourth Trump official agreeing to congressional questions, joining ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort, ex-adviser Carter Page, and associate Roger Stone. Hicks says Kushner didn't initially mention the meetings because nothing of note occurred. The House Intelligence Committee is still mulling talking to Kushner, per the Washington Post. (Read more Jared Kushner stories.)

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