Remember when White House adviser Jared Kushner testified to the House Intelligence Committee that he didn’t know a June 2016 meeting he attended at Trump Tower was a meeting with the Russians?
Either Republicans know that he was lying or they made a major error in their report that could have serious legal consequences.
When President Donald Trump’s son-in-law spoke to Congress last year about the meeting, he insisted that he thought it was just a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. that he saw in his email but didn’t read. Kushner claimed:
“That email was on top of a long back and forth that I did not read at the time. As I did with most emails when I was working remotely, I quickly reviewed on my iPhone the relevant message that the meeting would occur at 4:00 PM at his office. Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as ‘Meeting: Don Jr.| Jared Kushner.’ No one else was mentioned.”
“I did not read or recall this email exchange before it was shown to me by my lawyers when reviewing documents for submission to the committees. [I]t was typical for me to receive 200 or more emails a day during the campaign. I did not have the time to read every one, especially long emails from unknown senders or email chains to which I was added at some later point in the exchange.”
We’re talking about the same meeting that former Trump ally Steve Bannon characterized as “treasonous.”
As we all know, the email featured Trump Jr. discussing potential “dirt” on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with the Russians and setting up a meeting to potentially receive it.
But when the GOP House Intelligence Committee members produced their premature Russia probe report earlier this month, it contradicted Kushner’s testimony.
Finding #32 states:
“Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower where they expected to receive- but did not ultimately obtain- derogatory information on candidate Clinton from Russian sources.”
New York University School of Law Professor Ryan Goodman pointed out on Friday that the report is:
“…Highly inconsistent with what Kushner told Congress.”
Goodman conceded that Republicans might have just made an error while rushing to end the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation, but also noted that Kushner could be in serious trouble if that’s not the case.
“The implication is fairly clear: there’s a high likelihood Kushner’s submitted statements of fact that the House Committee has determined to be false–perhaps without the GOP committee members’ realizing the contradiction.”
Now Kushner may have some explaining to do since making false statements to Congress is considered perjury.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team more than likely have already read the committee’s report. That means they are probably quite aware of the contradiction, which puts a bigger target on Kushner’s back. He could very well be indicted. And we all know what other Trump officials have done once they’ve been indicted. They start talking.
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