Jared Kushner Might Not Be Telling the Truth About Russia, Republican Senator Says

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump stand together after John Kelly was sworn in as White House Chief of Staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, July 31, 2017. Reuters

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner might soon find himself once again under the microscope for his ties to Russia. A Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said this week that Kushner should be called to Capitol Hill to be questioned about his business connections and potential links to Russians during his time as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

“I believe that whenever there are discrepancies in testimony, regardless of who it is, that we should recall people,” Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. Collins previously suggested Kushner's national security clearance be reviewed amid the Russia investigation.

Her latest remarks come after Kushner has faced scrutiny for months for attending a June 2016 meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya after she promised intelligence that would hurt the campaign of Democrat Hillary Clinton. The meeting was organized by Donald Trump Jr., his wife's brother. 

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, also met with the Russian ambassador and the head of a Russian bank facing U.S. sanctions without properly disclosing those meetings. His security clearance form was also missing crucial information about his dealings with foreign officials, an omission that could see him face criminal charges, according to his Democratic critics. 

Kushner isn't the only member of the Trump team who could face tough questions from members of Congress. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is slated to meet with the House Judiciary Committee next week about potential links between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sessions, who advised the Trump campaign before he was named to his post in the White House, will likely hear questions on George Papadopoulos, a campaign aide who has since pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russian government.

Democrats have questioned whether Sessions has been truthful about his previous sworn testimony on the Trump campaign's potential collusion with Russia. Sessions has told lawmakers he had “no improper involvement” with Russian officials.

The House and Senate investigations are independent from special counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal probe into the campaign. House Democrats also have looked into other Trump campaign officials, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Kushner told a Senate intelligence panel earlier this year that he had turned over all relevant correspondence reflecting his contacts with Russia. "I hope that through my answers to questions, written statements and documents I have now been able to demonstrate the entirety of my limited contacts with Russian representatives during the campaign and transition," he said in a statement to the committee.

Kushner was the first person closely linked to the president to face questions from Congress on the Russia investigation.

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