President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner met with the special counsel’s team earlier this month as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling with the 2016 election, sources say. The topic of the meeting was former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who people familiar with the matter say is under investigation.
“Mr. Kushner has voluntarily cooperated with all relevant inquiries and will continue to do so,” said Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell.
A source also said that the meeting ended in less than 90 minutes and confirmed the focus was on Flynn. Kushner was asked to clarify some questions lawmakers had asked him and clear up details which emerged in media reports.
According to the source, Mueller’s team intended to ensure that Kushner didn’t possess information which could lead to Flynn being exonerated. The meeting happened at approximately the same time when Mueller interviewed witnesses about the role Kushner had in firing former FBI Director James Comey, as well as about his relationship with Flynn.
It is unclear for now whether Kushner will meet with Mueller’s team again. He became a person of interest even before Mueller took on the investigation, due to his roles in the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team. Kushner’s contacts with Russians is of particular interest to Mueller and his team.
A source familiar with the matter said that Kushner willingly handed over documents relating to his communications with Russians during the campaign and the transition, CNN reports.
The special counsel may also be discussing a possible plea deal with Flynn, whose lawyers last week told Trump’s legal team that they will no longer be briefing them regarding information about the investigation. For now, it is unclear how Kushner’s roles are connected to the entire Russia investigation or to potential obstruction of justice.