The ongoing probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials has reached the White House: the WaPo reports that a “senior advisor” has been cited as a “significant person of interest.”
- Individuals familiar with the probe say it is expected to intensify in the coming weeks.
- Law enforcement remains interested in former Trump associates – like Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort.
- Officials emphasized that today’s report does not immediately suggest criminal charges are coming.
The list of current “senior advisors” isn’t exactly long:
The report does not identify the individual. But it does list a title: “Senior Advisor”. There are currently two senior advisors to President Trump.
- Jared Kushner
- Stephen Miller
Yashar Ali, a writer for New York Magazine, is reporting that the official in question is Jared Kushner:
— Yashar (@yashar) May 19, 2017
Kushner will also be joining President Trump on his first international trip:
— CNN (@CNN) May 19, 2017
Today, the New York Times reported that Kushner helped secure an arms deal in advance of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
From March: “Senate Committee to question Kushner on communications with Russians”
- In March, it was reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee informed White House Counsel of its wish to interview Jared Kushner about his meetings with Russians.
- “The Senate panel’s decision to question Mr. Kushner would make him the closest person to the president to be called upon in any of the investigations, and the only one currently serving in the White House,” said the March report.