US: Jared Kushner gets questioned under Russia investigation

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30 Nov 2017

Russia investigation: Authorities question Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was reportedly recently questioned by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's team as a part of the Russia investigation.

CNN quoted two sources who said the meeting with Kushner focused on Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Flynn had resigned in February 2017 after he allegedly misled Vice-President Mike Pence about his conversations with a Russian diplomat.

Context

Multiple agencies investigating the Trump campaign's ties with Russia

US intelligence agencies believe that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win.

The Justice Department, FBI and other congressional committees are investigating these alleged Russia connections.

Under the probe, special counsel Mueller's team has so far issued indictments to three Trump aides, including former-Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, Manafort's associate Rick Gates and foreign policy advisor, Paul Papadopoulos.

Role

Jared Kushner's role in the Trump administration

Kushner has served as an influential advisor to Donald Trump since the latter's presidential campaign days.

He is commonly referred to as the "secretary of everything," because of the multiple responsibilities Trump has assigned to him, which include tackling the opioid-crisis to brokering peace in the middle-east.

Kushner recently came under the scanner following revelations that he used his private e-mail for government-business.

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What went down during the meeting?

According to CNN, the investigators spoke with Kushner for less than 90 minutes.

Kushner was reportedly questioned for any information that could potentially exonerate Flynn.

Speaking to Reuters, Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell stated, "Mr. Kushner has voluntarily cooperated with all relevant inquiries and will continue to do so."

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