During the process of attaining top-level security clearance needed to be a top White House aide, Trump Son-in-law Jared Kushner conveniently omitted several secret meetings with Russia politicians and business leaders, including a December meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, and one with the head of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned bank.
New York Times reports:
The omissions, which Mr. Kushner’s lawyer called an error, are particularly sensitive given the congressional and F.B.I. investigations into contacts between Russian officials and Trump associates. The Senate Intelligence Committee informed the White House weeks ago that, as part of its inquiry, it planned to question Mr. Kushner about the meetings he arranged with Mr. Kislyak, including the one with Sergey N. Gorkov, a graduate of Russia’s spy school who now heads Vnesheconombank.
Mr. Kushner’s omissions were described by people with direct knowledge of them who asked for anonymity because the questionnaire is not a public document.
While officials can lose access to intelligence, or worse, for failing to disclose foreign contacts, the forms are often amended to address lapses. Jamie Gorelick, Mr. Kushner’s lawyer, said that the questionnaire was submitted prematurely on Jan. 18, and that the next day, Mr. Kushner’s office told the F.B.I. that he would provide supplemental information.
There may not be anything illegal in Kushner’s dealings with Kislyak and Vnesheconombank, but he certainly should have disclosed them. It’s pretty sad when there are so many meetings with the Russians that it’s possible to “forget” to disclose all of them.
While the FBI and congress investigate the administration’s connections to Russia and their interference in our election last year, it certainly has the appearance of nefarious activity when the President’s son-in-law/advisor is “forgetting” to mention he met with Russians.