Kushner’s lawyer pushes back on Senate committee requestBy mary clare jalonick, associated press


Kushner's lawyer pushes back on Senate committee requestBy mary clare jalonick, associated pressWASHINGTON — Nov 17, 2017, 10:01 PM ET0 SharesEmailStar Interested in Russia Investigation? Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News Russia Investigation Add Interest

A lawyer for White House adviser Jared Kushner pushed back Friday after a Senate committee said he had not been fully forthcoming in its probe into Russian election interference Lawyer Abbe Lowell said Kushner encouraged others in President Donald Trumps campaign to decline meetings with foreign people who go back home and claim they have special access to gain importance for themselves The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote a letter to Kushner, who is Donald Trumps son-in-law, on Thursday asking him to provide additional documents to the committee, including one sent to him involving WikiLeaks and a Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite The senators noted they have received documents from other campaign officials that were copied to or forwarded to Kushner, but which he did not produce Those include September 2016 email communications to Mr Kushner concerning WikiLeaks

It was revealed this week that Trumps eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, corresponded with WikiLeaks that month and later sent an email to several Trump campaign advisers to tell them about it Lowell wrote Friday to Sens Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif

He said the email from Donald Trump Jr referring to his contact with WikiLeaks was forwarded to Kushner, but he did not respond Apparently referring to the email that the senators called a Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite, Lowell said that was part of an email chain that included biographies of various individuals Lowell wrote that there is a reference to one of these people suggesting an idea that somewhere, sometime (before the words Russia or Putin were politically charged or relevant in the campaign), someone thought candidate Trump should visit Russia Lowell goes on to quote Kushners response to that email: Pass on this A lot of people come claiming to carry messages Very few we are able to verify For now I think we decline such meetings Most likely these people go home and claim they have special access to gain importance for themselves

The senators request is part of the panels probe into the Russian election meddling and whether the Trump campaign was involved The Judiciary committee is one of three congressional committees looking into the issue, along with the Senate and House intelligence panels The committees have separately requested and received thousands of documents from people associated with the Trump campaign, and have interviewed dozens of individuals Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller is also looking into the meddling In the letter to Kushner, the senators noted they had asked him to provide documents to, from, or copied to him relating to certain individuals of interest to investigators, but Kushner responded that no emails had been found in which those individuals were sent emails, received emails, or were copied on them

Lowell replied that Kushner had provided the Judiciary panel with the same documents he had provided the intelligence panels, believing that would be enough to satisfy the Judiciary request The Senate and House intelligence committees interviewed Kushner in July The Judiciary panel has also sought an interview with Kushner, but his lawyers offered to make the transcripts available from the other interviews instead, according to the letters Grassley and Feinstein say those panels havent provided them with those transcripts, and ask Lowell to secure that access I do not understand why these committees would not provide the transcripts to you, but we do not have those transcripts, Lowell wrote, adding that it would be duplicative if the committees did not share their transcripts

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