Jared Kushner to Be Questioned by Senate Committee Over Russian Ties

Ivanka Trump’s husband is highest-profile member of administration touched by investigation

President Trump’s son-in-law and a close adviser, Jared Kushner, will be questioned by Senate investigators regarding ties between Trump associates and Russian officials, according to the New York Times.

Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump, will answer to questions about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, according to the Times. The meetings, which took place during the transition, included a previously unreported sit-down with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating if Russia influenced the presidential election to help Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

Kushner quickly started trending across social media as the news broke, as he is the highest-profile member of the administration to be touched by this investigation so far.

“Also the only person so far still serving in the administration,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN during “New Day” on Monday morning.

The Times reported that Kushner also met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, which the United States placed on its sanctions list because President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and began meddling in Ukraine.

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed the meeting, according to the Times.

“He isn’t trying to hide anything and wants to be transparent,” Hicks told the paper about Kushner’s willingness to cooperate.

According to the Times, “There are no indications that Mr. Kushner is a focus of its investigation.”