Jared Kushner to Speak to Investigating Committee
Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, has volunteered to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee according to the White House. The committee is examining Russia’s alleged interference in last year’s election. Various agencies believe alleged Russian hacking, during the presidential election, was done to help Trump defeat his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. While Russia has denied any and all allegations the President has branded the story as “fake news.”
The FBI and Two Congressional Investigations
The Senate committee hopes to question Kushner about two meetings he supposedly arranged with senior Russians officials according to the New York Times. Kushner’s staff has reported that so far his offer to be questioned has not been answered. Kushner was a senior adviser to President Trump during the election campaign.
Sean Spicer, White House spokesman, said that Kushner has not invoked executive privilege and he will testify since his job with the campaign was to be a “conduit to leaders.” Today Spicer said, “That was his role and he wants to make sure that he’s very clear about the role that he played, who he talked to, and that’s it.
During the first weeks of the Trump administration Kushner has been given the tasks of brokering Middle East peace, calming the Mexican and Canadian officials as NAFTA is reopened for negotiation, and handling Chinese diplomats puzzled by the new Trump regime. Even so, it’s Kushner’s dealings with Russian officials that may put him in the sharpest spotlight. The Russian situation has the potential to be a ticking bomb within the Trump White House.