President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has volunteered to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the US election, a White House spokesman said Monday.
“Throughout the campaign and transition, Jared Kushner served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials,” the White House spokesman told CNN in a statement. “Given this role, he has volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr’s Committee, but has not yet received confirmation.”
The Senate committee sought Kushner, who is a key adviser to the President, as part of its investigation, two sources told CNN Monday. The timing is still being determined, a Senate aide said.
The New York Times first reported the Senate committee’s request.
Lawmakers investigating Russia’s role head into a critical week with the prospect that the House investigation could struggle to stay away from drama and a continued push by Trump’s supporters to shift the focus from Russia to leaks in the intelligence community.
House investigators set the stage last week with a blockbuster revelation last Monday that FBI Director James Comey is investigating ties between Trump’s top campaign aides and Russian officials along with calls from some Democrats Friday for Rep. Devin Nunes of California to step down as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
Senate investigators, meanwhile, have stuck to a slow and steady pace beginning to interview witnesses in private and scheduling their first public hearing — set for Thursday — with none of the high-profile figures that punctuated the House’s first public hearing on the matter.
Meanwhile, the stakes couldn’t be higher for the White House, as Trump comes off a shocking loss on health care and attempts to find his footing for his policy agenda moving forward.