26, May 2017
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and his senior adviser Jared Kushner is under scrutiny as part of the FBI’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election. Kushner is being probed for his interactions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a banker from Moscow, US media reported Friday.
Federal investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry into alleged links between Trump’s campaign team and the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential elections. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia and has described the investigation as the “greatest witch hunt” in the US history.
Despite Russia’s alleged cyber attacks of Democratic officials during last year’s presidential race to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, American intelligence officials have acknowledged there is no evidence that hackers altered the election result.
The White House is currently engulfed in crisis over allegations that Trump asked the sacked FBI chief James Comey to drop the inquiry into links between his ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and Moscow.
Trump has admitted that Comey’s firing had to do with “the Russian thing,” raising the possibility that his son-in-law might have pushed him to dismiss the FBI chief. “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” the Times quoted Trump.
Kushner had also reportedly persuaded Trump to remove Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council‘s principals committee in early April. Trump has seemingly assigned Kushner with taking care of Washington’s affairs in the Middle East. Trump has also tasked Kushner, who lacks political experience, with brokering a peace deal between Palestine and Israel. Kushner also traveled to Iraq in April, reportedly trying to get a better picture of the overall situation in that country and show his support for the Iraqi government.