White House adviser Jared Kushner has agreed to testify before the U.S. Senate committee investigating suspected Russian interference in the election after a Russian bank disclosed the fact that its executives had met with Kushner in December.
Kushner, 36, had already acknowledged that he met the Russian ambassador to Washington last December, but now executives of Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) are revealing that they spoke with Kushner last year during a bank roadshow.
In a statement, the bank explained that its roadshow meetings “took place with a number of representatives of the largest banks and business establishments of the United States, including Jared Kushner, the head of Kushner Companies.”
According to the report, “U.S. officials said that after meeting with Russian Kislyak at Trump Tower last December, a meeting also attended by [General] Flynn, Kushner met later in December with Sergei Gorkov, chairman of Vnesheconombank.”
White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that the meetings did take place, but “nothing of consequence was discussed.”
Congressional staffers told reporters that Senate investigators want to know if Kushner and Flynn “discussed the possibility of investing in 666 Fifth Avenue in New York or other Kushner Co or Trump properties” with Gorkov, other Russian officials, or financial executives if the new administration lifted U.S. sanctions against Russia.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday that “Kushner is willing to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee chaired by U.S. Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican.”
Spicer said, “Throughout the campaign and the transition, Jared served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials … and so, given this role, he volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr’s committee.”
No date has been scheduled, but it was noted that the act of “meeting with representatives of a U.S.-sanctioned entity is not a violation of sanctions or against the law.”
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