The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also one his most senior advisers, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the next couple of days
The committee is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, and also looking into possible ties between the President Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials.
On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters is willing to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee chaired by Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican.
“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,” Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing.
Kushner, 36, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, has acknowledged meeting the Russian ambassador to Washington last December.
And on Monday, a Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine disclosed that its executives had met Kushner during the 2016 election campaign.
The Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) said in a statement that as part of its preparing a new strategy, its executives met representatives of financial institutes in Europe, Asia and America.
It said 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,” the Kushner family’s real-estate firm.
VEB declined to say where the meetings took place or the dates. There was no immediate comment from Kushner.
Simply meeting with representatives of a US-sanctioned entity is not a violation of sanctions or against the law.