Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday disclosed that President Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner forwarded emails about “a Russian backdoor and dinner invite” and communications with Wikileaks and Belarusan-American businessman Sergei Millian (“Source E” in the Steele dossier), failing to produce the documents to the committee, according to a letter the senators sent Kushner’s lawyer.
“There are several documents that are known to exist but were not included in your production,” Sens. Grassley and Feinstein wrote.
“For example, other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Мr. Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official,” the letter reads.
“Such documents should have been produced in response to the third request but were not.”
The letter also states that other documents have shown that Kushner passed along correspondence about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite.”
“And still others have produced communications with Sergei Millian, copied to Mr. Kushner. Again, these do not appear in Mr. Kushner’s production despite being responsive to the second request,” the letter says.
Seth Abramson, an attorney and former criminal investigator, said this may explain how George Papadopoulos, who Millian was in contact with pre-hire, was hired.
NEVER FORGET: Per Reuters, just a few days after George Papadopoulos revealed himself to Trump as a Kremlin intermediary (March 31, 2016), Jared Kushner made a phone call to the Russian ambassador that he still denies to this day but that the intelligence community has confirmed.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) November 16, 2017
The Hill added:
The letter, addressed to Kushner attorney Abbe Lowell, says the documents provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee are “incomplete,” giving Lowell until Nov. 27 to comply with the request.
The lawmakers asked Lowell to provide the committee with transcripts of Kushner’s interviews with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, noting they do not have access to these specific interviews.
They’ve also asked Lowell to submit documents previously requested that relate to specific individuals in the Russia investigation.
“It appears that your search may have overlooked several documents,” the letter says.
Sens. Grassley and Feinstein also asked Lowell to submit any correspondence “to, from, or copied to Lt. General Flynn” that include specific terms like Clinton, Guccifer, Wikileaks, Turkey, Ukraine, and Gazprom.
“Moreover, with regard to your claim that the documents are confidential, while the Privacy Act limits the government’s authority to release the information provided to it, there is no restriction on your client’s ability to provide that information to Congress,” the senators added.