Congressman Drafts Letter Calling For Immediate Suspension Of Jared Kushner's Security Clearance
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 23:43
"We have absolutely nothing to add", said Sergey Gorkov, who heads the USA office of VneshEconomBank, or VEB, when questioned by reporters at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"The question is ... why [meet with] a Russian bank that is sanctioned, and has been sanctioned since 2014?" said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.
The FBI's probe of Russian meddling is increasingly touching on the multiple roles of Kushner on both the Trump campaign and transition team, CNN reported last week.
The source for the story was only broadly described as being "familiar the matter", without further identifying detail attributing this source to the White House, the Intelligence Community or some personal friend.
"You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversation from?" he said on ABC.Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators a year ago as they began scrutinizing former national security adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters.
The paper was one of the first to officially endorse Donald Trump for President that year.
In a letter to company president Laurent Morali, Sen.
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement last week. His immediate future holds the promise of requests for documents, interviews or even congressional testimony, creating a cloud of controversy that could hurt his standing within the White House and with foreign officials.
The Office of the White House Press Secretary said that the president has always been consistent about his intention to move the embassy to Jerusalem, and it was only a question of timing to go ahead with it.
Kushner enjoys a level of trust with his father-in-law that eludes most top White House aides, one person close to Trump said. For example, he also started conversations with leaders from Saudi Arabia that led to the President's recent successful global trip.
Congressional sources told ABC News they have additional concerns about interactions with VEB Bank because of the recent involvement of a senior VEB executive, Evgeny Buryakov, in a Russian spy ring dismantled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kushner's meeting with Gorkov came at the request of Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, whose meeting with several members of Trump's administration during the transition have come under scrutiny.
He has since been deported to Russian Federation, but throughout the episode, VEB Bank financed Buryakov's legal fees.