Jared Kushner reportedly failed to disclose to Congress that he had been in touch with Putin ally Aleksander Torshin, a former Russian Senator. According to NBC News, Kushner also testified to that he was unaware if WikiLeaks had made overtures to the Trump campaign. His emails however, appear to contradict this statement. Kushner made these errors and omissions in his discussions with Congress. Lying to Congress is a federal crime.
Kushner failed to disclose to Congress what U.S. lawmakers called a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" involving a banker who has been accused of links to Russian organized crime, three sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.
Kushner rebuffed the request to meet Torshin yet he failed to disclose this to Congress.
Kushner rebuffed the request after receiving a lengthy email exchange about it between a West Virginia man and Trump campaign aide Rick Dearborn, the sources said.
While Torshin did not meet with Kushner, he did meet with Donald Trump, Jr.
However, Torshin was seated with the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr., during a private dinner on the sidelines of a May 2016 NRA event during the convention in Louisville, according to an account Torshin gave to Bloomberg. Congressional investigators have no clear explanation for how that came to be, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Kushner denied under oath that he was familiar with any attempts by Wikileaks to contact members of the Trump campaign. An email has shown this statement to be untrue.
One source familiar with Kushner's testimony before congressional intelligence committees said he specifically denied, under oath, that he was familiar with any attempts by WikiLeaks to contact the campaign. But, according to the source, Kushner was sent an email by Trump Jr. about his conversations on Twitter with WikiLeaks, which were first disclosed by the Atlantic this week.