Trump-Russia probe turns to Kushner’s work on 2016 presidential campaign
Counselor to the President Kelleyanne Conway (L) and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner raise their hands during the swearing-in of senior staff in the East Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC
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Some Democratic senators are reportedly pushing for Kushner to give up his White House security clearance.
Federal investigators are looking into whether the Trump campaign’s digital efforts, which were led by Jared Kushner, aided Russia’s cyber attacks on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.Members of the Justice Department and both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees believe the Trump campaign may have steered Russian cyber operatives to target voters in key states and voting precincts, McClatchy reported Wednesday.Kushner, the president’s senior adviser and Jewish son-in-law, oversaw the Trump campaign’s successful digital operation throughout 2016.The US intelligence community widely believes that Russians hacked into the email accounts of multiple top Democrats and leaked thousands of their messages through WikiLeaks. Investigators are now scrutinizing whether Trump’s team helped the Russian hackers deliver fake news stories about Clinton — a notable one claimed she ran a pedophile ring at a Washington pizzeria — to voters at critical times during the campaign.
One unnamed source with knowledge of the probe said it was unlikely that Russian operatives would have known “where to specifically target” key voters.Kushner has also come under fire in recent days for being implicated in a previously undisclosed meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya that The New York Times unearthed Saturday. Trump Jr. released a series of emails about the meeting in which he said he would “love” to learn of information that could have harmed the Clinton campaign. Some Democratic senators are pushing for Kushner to give up his White House security clearance, the Guardian reported.“Given the nature of the meeting, it stretches credibility to say he simply forgot it when he initially filled out his forms,” said Norm Eisen, President Barack Obama’s former ethics czar. “That puts him on the hook for false statements liability, possibly. At any rate, it increases his exposure.“The pattern of omission by Mr. Kushner and others in Donald Trump’s circle of their Russia connections increasingly points to a consciousness of guilt.”
US officials: Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russia (credit: REUTERS)