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Trump's son-in-law Kushner cooperating with U.S. House probe - source

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Trump's son-in-law Kushner cooperating with U.S. House probe - source

By David Morgan and Mark Hosenball

 

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FILE PHOTO: White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner arrives for his appearance before a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is cooperating with a wide-ranging probe by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee into Trump and possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power, a person knowledgeable about the matter said on Friday.

 

Just hours earlier, a lawyer for Trump adviser Roger Stone said in a letter seen by Reuters that Stone was not cooperating with the same committee and cited his right to avoid self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

 

The contrasting responses to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler's probe targeting 81 individuals and groups came on the same day the Justice Department announced the completion of a report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

 

As a cloud of legal risk darkened over Trump, he was spending the weekend at his private club Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

 

Kushner submitted documents to Nadler's panel on Thursday in response to a wave of document requests sent by the committee on March 4, the knowledgeable person said.

 

Kushner's attorney Abbe Lowell, who received the committee's document request, was not immediately available for comment.

 

Democrats in the House of Representatives have launched numerous inquiries into Trump, his presidency, his family and his business interests. The Mueller investigation has been focused on the election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow in its effort to sway U.S. voters in Trump's favor.

 

Although Mueller's report is finished, its contents were not yet known late on Friday. Details were expected soon.

 

Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' findings that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 campaign. Trump has denied any collusion and dismissed Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt."

 

Among the Judiciary Committee's aims are determining if Trump obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the Justice Department and abused his power by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses.

 

It was not clear how much material Kushner provided to the committee. But investigators sought documents from him on more than two dozen topics. Those topics ranged from a June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to any Trump transition team contacts with Russia.

 

Stone's lawyer Grant Smith said in the letter to Nadler that Stone faces federal criminal charges and that it "is not in Mr. Stone's best interest" to participate in any other proceedings.

 

Stone was arrested in January and charged with lying to Congress about the 2016 Trump campaign's efforts to use stolen emails to undercut Clinton. Stone declared himself innocent hours after a team of FBI agents raided his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

 

Smith called Nadler's demand for documents a "fishing expedition request." Stone, who is under a gag order from the judge hearing his criminal case, had no comment.

 

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I wonder if Kushner is "cooperating" in the same manner as Manafort was -- right up until the latter was accused of lying to/misleading prosecutors and ultimately sentenced to prison for his misdeeds after his "cooperation" agreement was voided.

 

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3 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

I wonder if Kushner is "cooperating" in the same manner as Manafort was -- right up until the latter was accused of lying to/misleading prosecutors and ultimately sentenced to prison for his misdeeds after his "cooperation" agreement was voided.

 

Manafort's sentence (which was about tax stuff relating to decade old lobbying and nothing to do with Trump) was actually significantly less than the prosecutors asked for. The judge clearly put no stock at all in to their claims Manafort wasn't cooperating. 

 

Kushner going down would be the best possible thing for Trump, as he is the epicenter of all the problems Trump is having within his Administration. I'd be fine with Trump allowing him to be executed, same as how Mussolini allowed the Germans to execute his own traitorous son in law. 

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Of course it will never happen but if Javanka and Donald turn on one another, it would be amazing. Even if Donald just believed Javanka had been disloyal to him, it would be fun. It does happen in mob families.

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On the one hand Kushner is cooperating on the other the White House is not. 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/white-house-intent-on-challenging-democrats-request-for-documents-in-probe-of-trump/2019/03/19/7286a74c-4a83-11e9-b79a-961983b7e0cd_story.html?utm_term=.dca461b70857

 

Be assured, Kushner is not cooperating in order to take the fall for Trump.

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2 minutes ago, Briggsy said:

Of course it will never happen but if Javanka and Donald turn on one another, it would be amazing. Even if Donald just believed Javanka had been disloyal to him, it would be fun. It does happen in mob families.

Step one Kushner cooperates. 

 

I've said all along that Trump will throw anybody under the bus to defend himself, even his own children.

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12 minutes ago, bristolboy said:

Wrong. The judge who was involved in the non-cooperation issue was not Ellis but Jackson.

Judge Ellis called Manafort a model citizen, or something to that effect, which given Manafort's history was truly bizarre.

But we also know Ellis is a republican stooge...

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1 minute ago, Basil B said:

But we also know Ellis was a republican stooge...

Not so much a stooge as something of a crank. As you may recall, he apologized to the prosecutors during the Manafort trial:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort-judge/u-s-judge-apologizes-to-prosecutors-in-former-trump-aide-manaforts-trial-idUSKBN1KU1Y7

I tried finding that on foxnews.com. Oddly enough, no mention was made of it.

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I don't remember/recall will be an often heard phrase. :whistling:

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1 hour ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Step one Kushner cooperates. 

 

I've said all along that Trump will throw anybody under the bus to defend himself, even his own children.

You've said loads of unfounded biased things in the past 2 years. Why stop now. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Ulic said:

I don't remember/recall will be an often heard phrase. :whistling:

Like comey and Hillary? 

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5 hours ago, Laza 45 said:

..that is the thing.. if he has agreed to cooperate.. that means EVERYTHING he knows.. no exceptions or he will joining Manafort.. also.. he doesn't know what documents and information they already have.. he will have to be very careful.. 

He's counting on Trump playing the pardon card.

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