SENATE TO QUESTION JARED KUSHNER ON RUSSIA TIES. IS IT TIME FOR PUTIN TO LAWYER UP?


Senate Intelligence Committee staff investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign plan to interview Jared Kushner in late June or early July, sources familiar with the investigation tells ABC News.

The interview with President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, which is expected to take place in a closed setting, would mark a new phase in the investigation now turning to personal testimony. A date has not yet been set the sources said.

Kushner would be expected to provide documents and then return later for questioning from senators, one source said.

The NYT has a very interesting background piece on the close relationship between Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and the FSB and the Russian energy, financial and media companies.

Russian banks play an especial role in advancing the Kremlin’s foreign policy and espionage. That is why Kushner’s secret communications with the head of a highly politicised Russian bank, VEB, are especially worthy of scrutiny, argues the NYT. Talking to VEB, meant talking to Putin.

Kushner also held secret meeting with the Russian ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak during which they discussed setting up a back channel of communication to the Kremlin.

Trump came to power with an unprecedented mandate from his base to improve relationships with Russia. If Putin, Kushner and Trump were promoting legitimate goals, there would be no need for secret meetings and secret channels of communications.

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