FBI investigators who have been focused on determining if Russia had a defined influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential election are now looking into Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump and a White House adviser, and meetings he held with Russians last year. According to The Washington Post, Kushner held meetings in December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak as well as Sergey Gorkov, a banker from the Russian capital of Moscow. More damningly, The New York Times reports that Kushner did not disclose these meetings when submitting his application for security clearance. His attorneys later said that it was an error and that the FBI would immediately go in to correct the forms. “Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” said Jamie Gorelick, one of Kushner’s attorneys. The Senate Intelligence Committee has already gotten an agreement from Kushner to discuss the stituation.
This investigation into Kushner comes after former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have already been pushed out of their office for improper contact with Russians during the presidential campaign period. Flynn was specifically oustered over a discussion with Kislyak concerning U.S. sanctions against Russia, a discussion that Flynn initially mischaracterized to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Interestingly, Gorkov, one of the people Kushner reportedly met with, is the head of one of the biggest Russian banks hit by U.S. sanctions.
Related to this investigation, former CIA director John Brennan expressed his worries about the increasing reports of Russians making contact with the Trump campaign at a Congressional hearing on Tuesday, saying that they “try to get individuals… to try to act on their behalf, either wittingly or unwittingly.”