President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has volunteered to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee but has not heard back yet, a White House official told Reuters.
The committee is seeking to interview President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as part of its investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials, a congressional official said on Monday.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed a New York Times report that the panel wants to question Kushner. The official said the committee will make an announcement later in the day.
The panel wants to ask Kushner about two meetings arranged with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at Trump Tower in New York in December, as well as a meeting with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank, the Times reported, citing unidentified administration and congressional officials.
The bank, Vnesheconombank, was among the Russian banks sanctioned by the Obama administration in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea.
Members of a president-elect’s team routinely meet with Russians or other foreign officials. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Times that Kushner met with dozens of officials from foreign countries.
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded Moscow orchestrated the hacking of Democratic Party groups during the campaign and released the stolen information to benefit Trump. Russia has denied the allegations.
At least four congressional committees are investigating possible Russian attempts to influence the vote and any ties between Moscow and Trump associates. FBI Director James Comey confirmed the agency’s investigation last week.
Kushner arranged a meeting with Kislyak in early December that was also attended by Trump’s short-lived national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was fired after misrepresenting his contacts with the ambassador.
The Times reported that later that month Kislyak requested a second meeting, which Kushner asked a deputy to attend. The Russian ambassador asked that Kushner meet with Sergei Gorkov, head of Vnesheconombank, which was also sanctioned by the European Union after Russian interference in Ukraine.