After more than two years of intense focus on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, White House senior adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is unsure if he would alert the FBI to future requests for meetings by Russians.
Kushner said during a recent interview on “Axios on HBO” that “it’s hard to do hypotheticals” when asked if he would call federal law enforcement officials should Russians ask for a future meeting, adding that the first time around “we were not given anything that was salacious."
His reference was to the now-infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between several Trump campaign officials — including President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. — and a Russian attorney claiming to have dirt on then-candidate Hillary Clinton.
Kushner defended his handling of that meeting, saying during the interview that people questioning his decisions were playing “Monday morning quarterback.”
"Let me put you in my shoes at that time,” he said. “OK, I'm running three companies, I'm helping run the campaign. I get an email that says show up at 4 instead of 3 to a meeting that I had been told about earlier that I didn't know what the hell it was about."
Axios noted that Kushner’s comments follow FBI Director Christopher Wray’s recommendation that anyone receiving offers of campaign assistance from a foreign government alert the FBI. Kushner’s interview only “bolsters the perception that President Trump’s inner circle still doesn't fully recognize the ongoing threat of Russian interference in American elections.”