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Report: Senate Seeks Kushner Data on Russian Request for Trump Meeting

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White House Senior adviser Jared Kushner (Thomas Peter/AP)

By    |   Friday, 17 November 2017 08:49 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding more information from White House senior adviser Jared Kushner about a May 2016 request from a Russian national to meet with then-candidate Donald Trump, CBS News reported Friday.

The committee Thursday sought more information from Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," according to "a source familiar with the document."

The "dinner invite" referenced an email that sought a meeting between Trump and Alexander Torshin, reportedly an appointed deputy governor of the Bank of Russia, and a woman purporting to be his assistant, Maria Butina.

The source told CBS that both claimed in the query that they belonged to an all-Russian organization called "The Right to Bear Arms."

Torshin and Butina were apparently seeking to meet Trump, hoping he would travel to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, the source told CBS.

The five-page query apparently came through a liaison at a National Rifle Association event in Kentucky.

The request was emailed to several Trump campaign officials, including chairman Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates.

It eventually made its way to Kushner, who apparently declined the request, the source told CBS.

Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, would not discuss the query but told CBS that his client would respond to the Senate request.

"Mr. Kushner and we have been responsive to all requests," Lowell said in a statement. "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."

In addition, CNN reported Friday that Kushner told the committee that that he had no communications with WikiLeaks, nor did he recall any other Trump campaign member doing so.

The report was based on "a source with knowledge" of Kushner's testimony.

In addition, "a separate source familiar with Kushner's interview" with the committee told CNN that he accurately answered the WikiLeaks questions.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is demanding more information from White House senior adviser Jared Kushner about a May 2016 request from a Russian national to meet with then-candidate Donald Trump, CBS News reported Friday.
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