President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian meddling into the US election, a White House spokesman said Monday, according to the New York Times.
The Senate committee sought Kushner, who is a key adviser to the President, as part of its investigation, according to the report.
“Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials,” the White House spokesman told CNN Monday.
House investigators set the stage last week with a bombshell revelation last Monday that FBI Director James Comey is investigating ties between Trump’s top campaign aides and Russian officials along with calls from some Democrats Friday for Rep. Devin Nunes of California to step down as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Comey’s revelation set off an immediate firestorm, punctuated in part by Trump tweeting commentary from the official White House account while the hearing was still going on and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offering the shocking — and inaccurate claim that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort played a “very limited role” last year.
And Comey also shot down Trump’s claims he was wiretapped in Trump Tower by former President Barack Obama.
But two days later, in an unprecedented breach of justice, Devin Nunes effectively revived Trump’s wiretap claims by reporting that Trump’s own communications may have been picked up in “incidental” collections by domestic spies. Nunes then went to Trump directly with his findings — but never told Democrats on his own committee. Trump said he felt “somewhat” vindicated by Nunes’ findings.
The fiasco set off a firestorm of allegations from top Democrats that Nunes was colluding with the White House. He also later apologized to Democratic members of the committee.
On Friday, Democrats were up in arms after Nunes arbitrarily canceled a public hearing scheduled for this Tuesday, and replaced it with a closed-door briefing from Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers.
By the end of the week, a Democratic source on the House Intelligence Committee was convinced that Nunes was trying to “suicide bomb” their investigation to shield Trump from the criminal investigation and potential impeachment.