New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks at a press conference discussing sexual assault policy in the administration of President Donald Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, U.S., September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonBy Timothy Mclaughlin
(Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner will co-operate fully with an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday.
It will be Kushner’s second full-time job after his role as White House senior adviser since his father-in-law’s inauguration in January. He also was serving as a senior adviser to the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, but continued to receive a monthly salary from the White House.
Schneiderman said Kushner and Ivanka Trump will be fully cooperating with the investigation that included federal probes by the FBI and the Department of Justice. Kushner has said he will cooperate fully.
“I expect President Trump to be completely and totally open to Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump co-operating fully,” Schneiderman said in a news release.
Kushner was named interim head of Trump’s presidential transition team in January. He served for a brief period, from March to July, before being named White House senior adviser.
Trump has not commented publicly on the ongoing investigation of the president’s election campaign by the Justice Department and FBI. Kushner’s potential role as Trump’s adviser at a national security level has drawn scrutiny as a legal complication.
Kushner took over for Michael Flynn, who retired last month after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.
Flynn’s earlier contact with the ambassador included a discussion about U.S. sanctions on Russia and an effort to arrange an appointment with the Russian ambassador. Flynn’s dismissal has put the Trump White House on the defensive over its background with Russia.
The accusations of Russia meddling in the U.S. election were brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the ongoing inquiry.
Mueller was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Republican, to lead the investigation. He referred the case to the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and the New York attorney general’s office on July 9, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Congressional Republicans in June revived a major Democratic Party fundraising package that would have provided funds for the investigation of links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Several bipartisan bipartisan task forces have been formed to probe Russian interference and interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
“My review of all of the investigations continues. I have set up a formal investigative team including one attorney general. We look forward to working with our law enforcement partners to determine if and how they will collaborate in this important investigation,” Schneiderman said.
Congressional Republicans have also been taking steps to roll back campaign finance rules that were enacted after the 2012 U.S. presidential election in which the Democratic Party enjoyed what some critics said was a decisive electoral advantage.(Reporting by Timothy McLaughlin; Editing by Andrew Hay) Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line