Transcript for 'What you need to know': Jared Kushner
Hey guys I'm on an Abbas will be investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Just moved a little closer to president trumps inner circle and today we're drilling down on one story. Because at the big. With potentially bait consequences so here is what she needs to now. We learn that the FBI is now focusing its investigation on contacts between Russian officials and Jared Kushner. That's husband to Ibaka trump on the lawn to president Tran an officially. Senior advisor to the president as well. Sources tell us he is not the target of the investigation and has not been accused of a crime. Ott Kushner is one at the White House staffers and campaign advisors the FBI will likely be interviewing as part of its pro why. Well for one of two reasons either because it is interaction with Trump's former national security advisor. Michael Lane remember fling is still under a lot of pressure investigators look into his ties overseas. Or because of contact Kushner himself packed with Russian officials during the campaign or transition step. What do investigators wanting out well there are a couple of meetings we know about that they could dig into. Kushner with in a meeting with Sergey kissling Jack that's the Russian ambassador to the US back in December. He was also in a meeting with a Russian financial executive from a bank that had been under US sanctions. To be clear those are meetings and contacts we had known about and the White House did not that they were inappropriate. So what's the big deal here well so far the investigation happened chipping away at the folks who surrounded mr. trump after he became a candidate and some of them or even around anymore. Paul Mann a port resigned under pressure. Michael Lane was forced out of the White House and now new questions have put the spotlight act on attorney general Jack fashion. These were all inner circle got it. I don't app Carter Pate and early foreign policy advisor who lack campaign after his dealings with Russia came under scrutiny. The cheery Kushner is different he's not just one of president comes closest and most trusted advisor he's family. And since mr. trump took office Kushner influence has only grown. He represented the White House and military meetings and Iraqi leaders and in talks with China and Mexico. He's been charged with helping to leave the Middle East peace efforts. Spearheading criminal justice reform and not to mention running a new agency called the office of American innovation. He jokingly been called the secretary of every. Look Kushner is one of the most powerful people in the White House right now when it comes to proximity to the president the scope of his work and the influence he mr. Talking distance himself from page and man at Fort Lee and even factions if he needs to that they all had political lives before. But he can't do that with Kushner it is one of the shortest greatest line keeping draw in the west wing from Kushner to trop. And if it's uncovered that Kushner had inappropriate contact we're dealing with are conversations. It's a really tough argument to make that mr. trump did not now. Now pushers attorney issued a statement in response to the news saying quote. Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with congress what he knows about these meetings he will do the same if he's contacted in connection with any other inquiry. So for more on this story stay with us here and check in at abcnews.com. For the only.
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