Jared Kushner has a growing credibility problem. First, Donald Trump’s favorite son-in-law was forced to update his security form because he suddenly remembered more than 100 foreign contacts that did not appear on his original paperwork seeking security clearance. Now he has apparently withheld emails from the Senate Intelligence Committee, emails that they have seen from other sources, one of which includes rather damning information showing Kushner trying to set up a backdoor channel with Russia. From Business Insider:
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner forwarded emails concerning a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” to Trump campaign officials and failed to produce those emails to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a letter the senators sent Kushner’s lawyer on Thursday.
Kushner also failed to produce emails on which he was copied involving communication with WikiLeaks and with the Belarusan-American businessman Sergei Millian, the senators said. Millian most recently headed a group called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.
“There are several documents that are known to exist but were not included in your production,” Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein wrote to Kushner.
The letter from Grassley and Feinstein continued:
In addition, there are several documents that are known to exist but were not included in your production. For example, other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Мr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official. Such documents should have been produced in response to the third request but were not. Likewise, other parties have produced documents concerning а “Russian back door overture and dinner invite” which Mr. Kushner also forwarded. And still others have produced communications with Sergei Millian, copied to Mr. Kushner. Again, these do not appear in Mr. Kushner’s production despite being responsive to the second request. You also have not produced any phone records that we presume exist and would relate to Mr. Kushner’s communications regarding several requests.
You also raised concerns that certain documents might implicate the President’s Executive Privilege and declined to produce those documents. We ask that you work with White House counsel to resolve any questions of privilege so that you can produce the documents thathave been requested or provide а privilege log that describes the documents over which thePresident is asserting executive privilege.
Sens. Grassley and Feinstein would also like to take another look at his foreign contacts list, which Kushner’s attorney has refused to turn over:
You declined to produce documents requested from the Committee from your SF 86, on the basis that the documents are confidential and have been submitted to the FBI for its review. However, if Мr. Kushner or his counsel retained copies of the forms, you should produce them.The SF-86 instructions explicitly advise the applicant to “retain а сору of the completed form for your records. ” Moreover, with regard to your claim that the documents are confidential, while the Privacy Act limits the government’s authority to release the information provided to it, there is no restriction on your client’s ability to provide that information to Congress.
What’s Kushner still hiding? You can read the full letter to Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s attorney, below.
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