Senate panel compels former Trump aide to attend Russia hearing

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Senate panel compels former Trump aide to attend Russia hearing

Per the subpoena, he is due to appear in a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is conducting its own Russian Federation probe, on Wednesday.

Kushner, in his statement for the two intelligence committees, provided for the first time his recollection of the Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information about Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni says Manafort "answered their questions fully". Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement Tuesday that they were ultimately not able to accommodate Manafort's request to provide to Congress only a single transcribed interview that would not be shared with the Judicary Committee. "That's why the Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort". Caught in the middle, at one point, was Manafort, who faced a subpoena from the Senate judiciary committee after agreeing to talk to the Senate intelligence committee, but not immediately concurring to a judiciary interview.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka, will testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Monday, according to his lawyer, and the House panel on Tuesday.

Both Manafort and Kushner have been cooperating with the committees which, along with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, are probing Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with Trump associates. Both of those senators, Susan Collins of ME and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, are involved in congressional investigations of Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 election and allegations of collusion by the Trump campaign. He was made the chief strategist and campaign chairman on May 19th.

Senate panel compels former Trump aide to attend Russia hearing
Senate panel compels former Trump aide to attend Russia hearing

The Judiciary Committee has sought Manafort's testimony about a meeting he attended with Russian nationals past year at Trump Tower during the heat of the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Neither Manafort nor his consulting firm registered as a foreign agent until late June, when the firm retroactively filed papers showing that the firm had received $17.1 million over two years from the pro-Russia Ukrainian political party.

Kushner spent about three hours behind closed doors Tuesday with the House intelligence panel. Kushner, the president's son-in-law turned senior advisor, did just that on Monday - claiming he "did not collude" in prepared testimony, and later describing his actions as "proper" in a rare press conference. USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation sought to tip the 2016 campaign in Trump's favor.

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