Some of President Donald Trump’s lawyers conclude that Jared Kushner should resign from his White House adviser position over possible legal complications related to Russia’s meddling in the election, The Wall Street Journal reports.
WSJ reports that the lawyers were concerned that Kushner “was the adviser closest to the president who had the most dealings with Russian officials and businesspeople during the campaign and transition.”
The attorneys were also concerned that Kushner omitted more than 100 contacts with foreign officials from his security clearance form.
Not all of Trump’s lawyers were united in this view, the paper reports, and Trump’s view was that Kushner did nothing wrong and did not need to step down.
More, via WSJ:
After some members of the legal team aired their concerns to Mr. Trump in June, including in at least one meeting in the White House, press aides to the legal team began to prepare for the possibility that Mr. Kushner would step down, drafting a statement explaining his departure, said people familiar with the matter…
The statement on behalf of Mr. Kushner expressed regret that the political environment had become so toxic that what he viewed as a standard meeting was becoming a weapon for Mr. Trump’s critics, according to two people familiar with the documents.
Those talking points were never used.