The Latest: Reaching out was Kushner's job, Spicer says

The Latest: Reaching out was Kushner's job, Spicer says

March 27th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Political

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner arrives for a meeting between President Donald Trump and automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on contacts between President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Russian officials (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

The White House says that President Donald Trump's son-in-law was "doing his job" by reaching out to foreign officials.

Spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that there was nothing "nefarious" about Jared Kushner's contacts with foreign leaders during the campaign and transition since it was the job he was tasked to do.

Kushner is one of Trump's top advisers who the president has entrusted, in part, with holding talks with foreign leaders.

Spicer says that "based on the media frenzy" surrounding contacts Trump associates have made with Russian officials in particular, Kushner "volunteered" to meet with to be interviewed by the Senate committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

Spicer says "that was part of his role and he executed it completely as he was supposed to."

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10:41 a.m.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday.

Jared Kushner has agreed to speak to the committee, which is conducting an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including whether there are any ties between Trump associates and the Kremlin, the White House said.

Kushner is the fourth Trump associate to offer to be interviewed by the congressional committees looking into the murky Russia ties. Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, Trump adviser Carter Page and Trump associate Roger Stone last week volunteered to speak to the committee as well.

Comey confirmed that the bureau has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into these matters since late July.


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