President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is going to talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his meetings with Russian officials, White House said on Monday.
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Jared Kushner, 36, is now serving as a senior adviser in the Trump administration. Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials.
He arranged meetings between Trump and leaders from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. But it is his contacts with Russian officials that are now being exposed to critical analysis, amidst stormy allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
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Trump tweeted an insistent tweet “Trump Russia story is a hoax,” earnestly as well as persistently persuading lawmakers to instead concentrate on his losing opponent for the presidency, Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state. US intelligence has terminated that Russia instigated a broad-ranging campaign formulated to help Trump win election.
In addition to investigations in the Senate and House of Representatives, an FBI investigated of Russian intervention in the previous year’s presidential election, including Moscow’s possible collusion with Trump’s campaign, which has placed the president under even more pressure over his Russia ties.
The official said, “Given the role of primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials, Jared Kushner has volunteered to speak with Chairman (Richard) Burr’s committee, but has not yet received confirmation”. Burr is the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee.
‘Follow the facts’ –
Burr in a joint statement with his Democratic counterpart Senator Mark Warner said that Kushner’s decision to appear showed the panel’s independence. Since the commencement of this investigation, they are committed to follow the facts wherever they lead them .They also said that Mr Kushner will certainly not be the last person the committee calls to give testimony, but they expect him to be able to provide answers to key questions that have arisen in their inquiry.
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The development comes amidst renewed questions over the non-biasness of a parallel inquiry from the House Intelligence Committee.
It is led by Congressman Devin Nunes, who is being rigorously criticized for briefing Trump about issues related to the investigation. Last week, Nunes revealed that Trump’s own communications may have been swept up in intelligence gathering on suspected foreign agents.
Nunes worked on Trump’s transition team and is now leading an investigation into possible links between that campaign team and Russia. Nancy Pelosi, the House’s top Democrat called for Nunes to be removed from his chairmanship of the inquiry. She was joined by her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, along with Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat.
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Schumer said on the Senate floor that the chairman Nunes is failing to do his job adequately and seems to be more interested in protecting the president than in seeking the truth.
Pelosi also criticized Nunes’s “discredited behavior” and quoted in a statement, “You cannot have the person in charge of an impartial investigation be partial to one side. Also Speaker Ryan must make a stand that Chairman Nunes at least recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation immediately”.