On Monday, President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions on his alleged Russian connections. Kushner will not be under oath, and the session will be behind closed doors.
Full Cooperation from Kushner
Democrats have opposed how the Committee will conduct the session. They stated that Kushner would be able to side-step answering questions on his alleged Russian connections. Others think that the privacy of the session will allow him to share sensitive information. Kushner’s lawyer, on the other hand, declared that his client would fully cooperate with the Intelligence Committee.
The questioning comes after Donald Trump Jr. released the emails which revealed a secret meeting that took place in June 2016 at Trump Tower. The meeting involved Kushner and Paul Manaford, Trump’s former campaign manager and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnistkaya. Further information revealed that several others had attended the meeting to exchange possible damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Democrats declared the emails are proof of Donald Trump Jr.’s colluding with Russia. The scandal comes after US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russians have conducted a covert operation to damage Clinton’s campaign and help Trump win.
Also, Kushner also met with the Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. Gorkov is a close associate of Vladimir Putin. He is the head of the state-owned VneshEconomBank which suffered from the Russia sanctions.
Legal Risks for Kushner
Apart from Kushner’s interview on Monday, Manafort and Trump Jr will have to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The date is still unknown. Lawyers outside the investigation have predicted that the information resulted from the hearing will be transmitted to special counsel Robert Mueller to be added to the investigation.
Lawyers suggest that false information will constitute a legal risk to someone under investigation even if the hearing is not under oath. The Committee will extensively question Kushner’s frequent meetings with Russian officials.
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