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Kushner didn’t hand over Russia, WikiLeaks-related documents to Senate committee

Several documents 'known to exist' were not handed over to the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Nov 16, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:53 am CDT

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law and White House adviser, failed to produce emails he forwarded about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to a letter sent to his lawyer.

Kushner also did not hand over emails that he was copied on regarding WikiLeaks and businessman Sergei Millian, who recently headed the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

“We appreciate your voluntary cooperation with the Committee’s investigation, but the production appears to have been incomplete,” reads the letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s top Democrat.

In the letter, Grassley and Feinstein write that there are “several documents that are known to exist” that were not provided by Kushner or his lawyer to the Senate committee investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

The senators alluded to documents they received that the president’s son-in-law was copied on but didn’t receive from him.

“Other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Mr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official,” the letter reads. “Such documents should have been produced … but were not.”

The WikiLeaks connection comes just days after the Atlantic revealed that Donald Trump Jr., Kushner’s brother-in-law, communicated with WikiLeaks on several occasions over Twitter direct messages.

WikiLeaks published thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton‘s campaign chairman.

Grassley and Weinstein say in their letter that if any documents implicate Trump’s executive privilege as president—and, therefore, are exempt from their investigation–that his team create a “privilege log” so they can see which documents are missing and which the president is exerting privilege over.

The lawmakers also ask for specific communications between Kushner and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Specifically, the Senate Judiciary Committee is looking for communications about Flynn’s departure from the White House, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, email hacking, Russia and the Magnitsky Act.

The senators asked for the documents to be handed over by Nov. 27.

You can read the whole letter here.

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*First Published: Nov 16, 2017, 3:37 pm CST