President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has been identified as a person of interest in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to reports.
The 36-year-old former real estate developer is not a target of the investigation, but officials told both the Washington Post and NBC that he is believed to have relevant information to the ongoing probe.
A Post report last week that a current White House figure was a “person of interest” in the Trump-Russia investigation, now spread between the FBI, Senate, House and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, sparked speculation that the person was Kushner.
The extent to which his activities are being scrutinized was not immediately clear, though part of the inquiry is believed to focus on a meeting he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at Trump Tower in December.
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka and was a key figure in the transition, also met that month with Sergey Gorkov, the chairman of Russian state-owned VneshEconomBank.
VneshEconomBank has been under sanctions since 2014.
“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry,” the adviser’s lawyer told the Post and NBC.
Unreported meetings and calls with Kislyak brought a quick end to Flynn’s time on the National Security Council after he allegedly misrepresented whether the chats had included talk of sanctions.
Kushner did not disclose the meeting with Kislyak on a security clearance form that required a list of meetings with foreign officials, though his lawyer said that the form was simply submitted early and that more information would be provided.
Flynn, who declined to answer a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena for information earlier this week, is believed to be one of the focuses of the Russia-Trump investigation, along with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Manafort previously spent time in Ukraine working for a pro-Kremlin party before joining the campaign.