Grassley: 'Spooked' Kushner rejects Senate Russia interview

Grassley: 'Spooked' Kushner rejects Senate Russia interview

Senator Grassley said Senator Feinstein's decision meant the committee's chances of "getting a voluntary interview with Mr Kushner have been shot".

A "spooked" Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, won't agree to a staff interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley said.

In a cover letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray released by the committee, said the referral relates to "certain communications between Christopher Steele and multiple US news outlets regarding the so-called 'Trump dossier.'" The rest of the referral is classified and was not released.

In his statement to the committee, Grassley noted that without Kushner's testimony, the Judiciary Committee's interviews with participants in the 2016 Trump Tower meeting were concluded.

Senator Grassley said on Thursday that Senator Feinstein had "spooked" other potential witnesses recently when she unilaterally released a transcript from another witness.

In addition to Trump Jr., the committee has interviewed four other people who attended the Trump Tower meeting in NY: publicist Rob Goldstone, who set up the meeting with a promise of dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton; Rinat Akhmetshin, a prominent Russian-American lobbyist; Ike Kaveladze, a business associate of a Moscow-based developer and former Trump business partner, and a translator.

Earlier this month, Feinstein released a transcript of Simpson's testimony before the committee without consulting Grassley.

The powerful head of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday accused the and the of bad faith in trying to suppress key sensitive details of the Russian election meddling scandal in 2016 and the Obama administration's handling of the investigation.

Grassley said Feinstein's decision to release that transcript "undermines the integrity of the committee's oversight work".

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His address also strongly chastised the world's corporations and governments for becoming disconnected from the common person. The deal comes amid worries that Trump will pull the USA out of the North American Free Trade deal.

"Let's get them out there for everyone to see", he wrote.

The committee has interviewed Trump Jr. and numerous Russians involved in the meeting. That criticism has ramped up since the revelation of anti-Trump texts between two Justice Department officials who were at one point part of the Mueller investigation. She also said she thinks they should be turned over to Mueller.

Strzok was reassigned from Mueller's Russian Federation investigation following the discovery of anti-Trump text messages he and Page, who was also briefly detailed to Mueller's team, had shared by phone.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a letter to Congress that his office "succeeded in using forensic tools" to recover messages from Federal Bureau of Investigation devices, including those swapped by a counterintelligence agent, Peter Strzok, and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page between December 2016 and May 2017.

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized the Republicans who have been escalating attacks on the FBI and Justice Department as Mueller's investigation has come closer to Trump's inner circle.

"What began as an attempt to discredit the investigator has now devolved into delusional, self-serving paranoia", Schumer said in a morning floor speech.

Republicans say they have seen information that vindicates their argument that the president was smeared politically by the Washington establishment after his election, while grossly exaggerating any connections between his campaign and.

Thus, all of the committee's interviews "are complete", said Grassley.

Cornyn said he has been briefed personally by Nunes on the memo, but has not yet read it.

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