A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son, marking another shift in the account of a discussion that was billed as part of a Russian government effort to help Trump’s campaign. (July 14)
Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified Sen. Mark Warner’s committee. It is the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Of the Trump campaign officials who attended the controversial June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians, only Jared Kushner – Trump’s son-in-law and senior aide – is known to hold a national security clearance.
Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on Sunday morning talk shows that Kushner’s lack of transparency in describing previous contacts with Russians may warrant a review of that status.
“With Mr. Kushner, we have not one, not two, but three examples where he forgot meetings with Russians and has had to go back and amend his disclosure forms,” Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s State of the Union. “I think, if I had a meeting that involved Russian government efforts to try to help candidate Trump and hurt [Hillary] Clinton, that I would remember that.”
Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if Kushner should have his clearance suspended, Warner said he was trying to give the Trump associates the “benefit of the doubt” until they are interviewed by the committee.
Still, he lamented what he called a “pattern” of Trump officials not disclosing information until it has been revealed in the press, adding, “the level of credibility from senior levels of this administration really is suspect.”
Multiple congressional committees and a special counsel are investigating possible collusion between Trump associates and Russians who sought to influence the election in favor of Trump by hacking Democrats.
The controversy intensified this week after revelations Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest…