Presidential advisor/son-in-law Jared Kushner has agreed to testify on Monday before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, ABC News reported Wednesday.
“As Mr. Kushner has been saying since March, he has been and is prepared to voluntarily cooperate and provide whatever information he has on the investigations to Congress,” Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell told ABC. “Working with and being responsive to the schedules of the committees, we have arranged Mr. Kushner’s interview with the senate for July 24. He will continue to cooperate and appreciates the opportunity to assist in putting this matter to rest.”
“Congressional investigators are expected to focus on Kushner’s contacts with Russians during and immediately after the campaign,” ABC reported. Kushner has been heavily criticized for his failure to list numerous meetings with foreign nationals on his security clearance application form. Notable examples of such meetings include the June 2016 meeting with him, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton, as well as the December 2016 meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and the head of a sanctioned Russian state-owned bank.
Another Kushner lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told ABC that an updated security clearance form had been submitted to correct the one that had been “prematurely submitted.” Senators from both parties have questioned whether Kushner should be allowed to keep his security clearance.