FBI investigators believe that Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has significant information relevant to their investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Although Kushner is under FBI scrutiny, that does not mean he is suspected of a crime or that the bureau intends to file charges against him.
A recent report from The Washington Post claimed that a senior White House official close to the president was a “person of interest,” but did not identify the person.
According to officials, Kushner is not formally considered a subject in the investigation, unlike former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. The Justice Department’s U.S. Attorneys’ Manual defines a “subject” of an investigation as “a person whose conduct is within the scope of the grand jury’s investigation.”
A grand jury has subpoenaed the records of Manafort and Flynn.
It remains unclear as to why Jared Kushner has drawn the attention of the FBI. He admittedly had a December meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and also met with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov in 2016.
“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings,” Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told NBC News. “He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”
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