Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, failed to disclose during his closed interview with the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee that he used his personal email accounts to conduct official White House business.
The chairman of the committee, Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and the vice chair, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), only learned of the personal email account, which Kushner used from January through August of this year, via news reports. The two men were reportedly so upset that they wrote Kushner a letter via his attorney Thursday instructing him to double-check he has turned over every pertinent document for the committee’s investigation.
“The Committee was concerned to learn of this additional email account from the news media, rather than you, in your closed staff interview,” Senators Burr and Warner wrote in an official letter. “Please confirm that the document production that you made to the Committee—and any and all searches of email accounts for that document production—included the additional ‘personal email account’ described to the news media, as well as all other email accounts, messaging apps, or similar communications channels you may have used, or that may contain information relevant to our inquiry.”
“It is perfectly normal that the committees would want to make sure that they received all pertinent records,” Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, told CNN. “We did review this account at the time and there were no responsive or relevant documents there. The committee was so informed when documents were produced and there is no issue here.”
The matter has become an even larger source of shame for Kushner’s legal team––and Lowell specifically––however.
CNN obtained the letter labeled “COMMITTEE SENSITIVE” via James Linton, the self-styled “email prankster” based in the United Kingdom who earlier this year fooled senior White House officials into thinking he was other members of the administration. CNN says Lowell accidentally forwarded the letter to Linton after he, posing as Kushner, had written Lowell confessing “exchanges with a website featuring adult content.”
Linton gloated about the ruse on his Twitter account…
…and promptly forwarded the letter to the news media.
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