Federal Bureau of Investigation declines to provide requested materials to House Oversight
- Author: Leroy Wright May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 17:29
The Washington Post recalled Kushner, who is also a senior White House adviser, meetING with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, which faced USA sanctions after Russia's annexation of Crimea.
"In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season", WaPo's Karoun Demirjian and Devlin Barrett report, Comey's Federal Bureau of Investigation "received a purported Russian intelligence document describing a tacit understanding between the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server". It doesn't mean they suspect him of criminal acts or intend to charge him.
Former Trump associates have also been named in the ongoing probe - including, most recently, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, whose businesses were subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee this week. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement obtained by ABC News.
Mr Kushner is married to Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump. Kislyak reportedly orchestrated the meeting between Kushner and Vnesheconombank CEO Sergey N. Gorkov, who was appointed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in January 2016 as part of a restructuring of the bank's management team, Bloomberg reported past year.
Earlier Thursday, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz told acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he wants records of Comey's contacts with the White House and Justice Department dating to September 2013, when Comey was sworn in as FBI director under President Barack Obama.
There is no indication Kushner is now a target of the probe and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.
Trump fired Comey May 9 amid questions about the FBI's investigation, which is now being overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director.
Those documents include all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communication between Comey and any White House employee, including the president and the vice president, ranging back to Comey's first day in September 2013, as well as between Comey and the attorney general or deputy attorney general. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.