President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is “under scrutiny” by the FBI in its investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian officials.
According to the Washington Post which first reported on the matter, the revelation does not mean that Kushner is being investigated for or is suspected of a crime, nor is he considered a subject of the agency’s Russia probe like other Trump associates such as former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn or former campaign chair Paul Manafort. Records of both men have already been demanded by grand jury subpoenas. In the case of Flynn, he has also been served subpoenas by the U.S. Congress.
An official who spoke to NBC News, which is separately reporting on the matter, said that Kushner has “significant information relevant” to the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in their interference campaign in the U.S. presidential election.
The look into Kushner brings the investigation not just into the White House, but within the Trump family. Aside from his wife Ivanka, Kushner is the closest person to Trump.
It is unclear whether Kushner has been sent any records requests from investigators. It is also not currently clear what precisely in Kushner’s activities drew the FBI’s scrutiny.
What is known is that Trump’s son-in-law met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at least one time in December 2016. He is also known to have met with Sergey Gorkov, the chair of VneshEconomBank, a Russian government owned bank. Gorkov has been trained by the FSB and has been under U.S. sanctions since July, 2017.