Kushner, Trump Jr. to testify before Senate

Jared Kushner to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump Jr. will testify before Senate Judiciary Committee.

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is also the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian election meddling, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

The closed-door session will take place next Monday, July 24, according to the report.

Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, confirmed the meeting to ABC News, saying, “As Mr. Kushner has been saying since March, he has been and is prepared to voluntarily cooperate and provide whatever information he has on the investigations to Congress."

"Working with and being responsive to the schedules of the committees, we have arranged Mr. Kushner's interview with the senate for July 24. He will continue to cooperate and appreciates the opportunity to assist in putting this matter to rest,” added Lowell.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has said since March that Kushner is one of many within the Trump administration it planned to question and Kushner has always maintained a willingness to cooperate.

Congressional investigators are expected to focus on Kushner's contacts with Russians during and immediately after Trump's presidential campaign. Investigators are also likely to ask about Kushner's failure to disclose some of those encounters on his security clearance application, as required by law, according to ABC News.

Earlier on Wednesday, it was reported that the President's son, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a public hearing next Wednesday.

Trump Jr. has come under scrutiny since The New York Times reported that he, along with Manafort and Kushner, met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who promised to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton at the meeting.

Trump Jr. subsequently released the entire email chain of the conversations which led to the meeting.

It remains unclear whether Veselnitskaya actually produced the promised compromising information about Clinton, but senators have pressed for Trump Jr. to testify about it. Trump Jr. said last week he would be “happy” to speak to the Senate about the meeting with the Russian lawyer.