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Senate inquiry to question Jared Kushner over Russia

Mar 28, 2017, 7:09 AM EDT
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and associate, Jared Kushner, will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing the alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections. Kushner, who is set to take charge of the Office of American Innovation to privatize certain government functions, faces questions over two meetings he allegedly arranged with Russian officials as a senior aide to Trump during the election campaign.

Kushner, juggling the responsibilities of brokering Middle East peace and handling skeptic Chinese diplomats during his brief tenure in the Trump administration, finds himself in the “sharpest spotlight,” so far, writes the BBC.

Kushner’s testimony over the Russian links could either allay the concerns or amplify the controversy by linking it even more closely to the president. The development comes as a Russian bank under Western economic sanction admitted on Monday that Kushner met its executives in December, notes Reuters.