After Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Donald Trump and the president’s son-in-law, planned and worked on Trump’s last official foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and The Vatican, he found himself on Thursday night under investigation by the FBI as part of the Russia investigation due to his alleged considerable interactions with the Russians.
According to NBC and The Washington Post, officials came to believe that Mr Kushner has “significant information” and they are purportedly looking into the meetings and conversations conducted with Russian officials, including in Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., and Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank (VEB), a state-owned Russian bank that had allegedly backed Trump’s business in the past.
Although Mr Kushner is believed to harbour high-level intelligence that concerns the FBI, he is reportedly not held accountable for wrongdoing.
Unlike Paul Manafort, Mr Trump’s former campaign manager, and Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, Kushner is not a major figure in the Russian probe, NBC reports.
However, Kushner is still considered the only White House official under the FBI’s scope.
Ties with Russia
A spokesman for Mr Kushner said: “Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”
However, not only the Kushner-Russian ambassador meetings held in December raised the FBI’s concerns, but an April 2016 meeting at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington as well.
Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokesman, said: “I can’t confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or subjects of investigations.”
The Russian probe has stirred up much controversy lately; Trump fired FBI chief James Comey due to leading investigations into Trump-Russia ties, as well as a case of an alleged leak of high-level intelligence to the Russian was provoked.