On Monday, President Donald Trump’s senior White House adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding his contacts with Russian officials.
Kushner’s wife and President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, has yet to be identified as having possible contacts with Russian officials, however, the 34-year-old has still hired criminal defense lawyer Abbe Lowell, to counsel her as Congress and Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election.
Both Kushner and Trump hired Jamie Gorelick of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to field questions pertaining to potential conflicts of interest between their government and business roles.
Kushner apparently sought the expertise of Lowell, before Trump decided to follow suit and enlist the criminal defense lawyer’s help.
Lowell, is head of the white-collar group at Norton Rose Bulbright in Washington, D.C. According to The National Law Journal, Lowell and Gorelick will aid Ivanka by providing ethics advice as well as answering any questions pertaining to the investigations.
Former Manhattan federal prosecutor Ira Sorkin sees Ivanka’s move to enlist the help of Lowell as a wise choice. Sorkin told The National Law Journal:
‘You have to be ready to go just in case Mr. Mueller says he needs something. It’s just standard operating procedure. My own feeling is that every individual working in the administration is going to have to get their own lawyer It’s just the wring [thing] to do.’
Sorkin, who is known for representing fraudster Bernie Madoff, is a partner at New York’s Mintz & Gold.
After meeting with Senate investigators for two hours on Monday afternoon, Kushner told reporters outside Capitol Hill:
‘All of my actions were proper and occurred in the normal course of events of a very unique campaign. I did not collude with Russians, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did.’
He told investigators he met with Russians “as part of a hectic and unconventional presidential campaign, not as part of a plot to steer the election,” according to the New York Times.
On Tuesday, President Trump sarcastically tweeted the following regarding Kushner’s testimony:
‘Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!’
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
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