Jared Kushner has reportedly handed over documents to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team as the explosive Russia probe gets closer to his father-in-law’s inner circle.
The presidential adviser and son-in-law provided information related to President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey as well as the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russian figures seeking dirt on rival Hillary Clinton, CNN reported.
Kushner pushed for Comey’s firing, which prosecutors are examining because President Trump later described it as part of an effort to defang the Russia probe.
The president’s son-in-law was also present at the meeting with a Russian lawyer, although the key driver of it was Donald Trump Jr.
Kushner himself met with Russian officials during the transition period, although it’s unclear if the main topic was his family’s real estate business or Trump-related topics.
Either way, some analysts see his cozy ties to cronies of Russian premier Vladimir Putin as potential evidence of collusion, despite repeated emphatic denials from the White House.
Mueller has already secured indictments against two top Trump campaign officials and a guilty plea from a lower-level official.
Analysts told CNN that the Kushner document dump is a telltale sign he has bigger fish to fry.
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