Kushner Willing to Cooperate With Feds 05/26 05:49
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is
willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between
Russia and the Trump campaign, his attorney said.
The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued Thursday amid reports
that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian
"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," the statement said.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the House oversight committee asked the FBI to
turn over more documents about former Director James Comey's interactions with
the White House and Justice Department, including materials dating back nearly
four years to the Obama administration.
The FBI and the oversight committee --- as well as several other
congressional panels --- are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016
presidential election and possible connections between Russia and the Trump
campaign. Trump fired Comey May 9 amid questions about the FBI's investigation,
which is now being overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI
NBC News and The Washington Post first reported that the FBI's ongoing
investigation includes a look at Kushner, which would place the probe inside
the White House.
Kushner, a key White House adviser, had meetings late last year with
Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian banker Sergey
The Post story cited anonymous "people familiar with the investigation," who
said the FBI investigation does not mean that Kushner is suspected of a crime.
Earlier Thursday, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz told
acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he wants records of Comey's contacts
with the White House and Justice Department dating to September 2013, when
Comey was sworn in as FBI director under President Barack Obama.
In a letter to McCabe, Chaffetz said he is seeking to review Comey's memos
and other written materials so he can "better understand" Comey's
communications with the White House and attorney general's office.
Chaffetz, R-Utah, previously requested Comey's recent memos about his
private contacts with Trump. But the bureau told him Thursday it could not yet
turn them over because of Mueller's probe.
Chaffetz, who said last week he has his "subpoena pen" ready to force Comey
or the FBI to turn over the documents, told McCabe that "Congress and the
American public have a right and a duty to examine this issue independently of
the special counsel's investigation."
He added, in a thinly veiled threat, "I trust and hope you understand this
and make the right decision --- to produce these documents to the committee
immediately and on a voluntary basis."
Chaffetz's letter comes a month before he is scheduled to leave office after
abruptly announcing his resignation earlier this year. He canceled a hearing
scheduled Wednesday after Comey declined to testify.
Assistant FBI Director Gregory Brower told Chaffetz on Thursday the agency
is evaluating his request and will update him as soon as possible.
Some Republican members of Congress have pressured Chaffetz to step down
from the Comey probe, saying it should be led by someone who will remain in
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is considered the front-runner to replace Chaffetz
as oversight chair. Gowdy led a special House panel that spent more than two
years investigating the deadly 2012 attacks at a U.S. diplomatic compound in