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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 
officials.

   "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 
director.

   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 
Gorkov.

   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 
Congress.

   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 
Benghazi, Libya. 


(KA)

 
 
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