Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, improperly withheld important documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to to a letter sent by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) to Kushner's attorney on Thursday. It reads:
"The Committee requested documents from your client, Jared Kushner, on October 18, 2017. In response, you produced documents to the Committee on November 3, 2017. We appreciate your voluntary cooperation with the Committee's investigation, but the production appears to have been incomplete."
Several Missing Important Documents
The letter goes on to the say that several important documents were overlooked, including ones that would show that Kushner was aware of "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," which he purposefully failed to provide. The two senators also requested all communications related to Flynn's termination, specific keywords such as "Clinton," "WikiLeaks," and "Putin," as well as anything related to Kushner's security clearance. The deadline is November 27.
The two senators became aware of Kushner's intentional omissions via other questioned people who disclosed revealing emails detailing Russian contacts, emails on which Kushner was copied.
“Other parties have produced documents concerning a ‘Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite’ that Kushner forwarded to others,” the senators wrote in the letter.
An overture document is an introduction to something more substantial, or in this case, an opening communication initiating a new relationship.
Kushner's lawyers pushed back.
Kushner's attorney released a statement that Kushner has been responsive and cooperate to all Senate Judiciary Committee requests:
"We provided the judiciary committee with all relevant documents that had to do with Mr. Kushner's calls, contacts or meetings with Russians during the campaign and transition, which was the request.
"We also informed the committee we will be open to responding to any additional requests and that we will continue to work with White House counsel for any responsive documents from after the inauguration. We have been in a dialogue with the committee and will continue to do so as part of Mr. Kushner's voluntary cooperation with relevant bipartisan inquiries."
Then his lawyers attacked the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Furthermore, Kushner's lawyer wrote to Senators Grassley and Feinstein that there were no "missing documents" as alleged by the committee, and criticized the senators for going to the media on Thursday with their accusations.
"I would have assumed that, if there were any questions about our productions or exchanges, that would have been communicated to me directly before you made this a media event," Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, wrote.
The Internet took Kushner to task.
"Why does Kushner still have a security clearance?"
Kushner has been under fire for other reasons lately, including recently leaked financial documents that reveal previously-undisclosed ties between the Trump administration and Russia. Betraying secrets of politicians worldwide, the 13 million leaked “Paradise Papers” implicated Kushner with offshore financial accounts.
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