Jared Kushner failed to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he was filling out his application for a security clearance, his lawyer said Friday.
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Among the meetings that Kushner omitted from his national security questionnaire were one with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and another with Sergey Gorkov, the CEO of the Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank. "There was no intent to obscure any foreign meetings, including those with Russian Federation".
A lawyer for President Donald Trump's son-in-law says Jared Kushner's failure to disclose on his security clearance application the names of some of his contacts with foreign governments was unintentional and an "administrative error".
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"I had numerous contacts with foreign officials in this capacity". Mike Flynn, Mr Trump's first national security advisor, stepped down after it was revealed that he misled the vice president regarding his conversations with Mr Kislyak.
While the security questionnaire states that "withholding, misrepresenting, or falsifying information" could lead to the loss of clearance, denial of a job, or prosecution, applicants are often permitted to amend the forms and avoid adverse consequences if the omissions are determined to be unintentional. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russian Federation investigations after he failed to disclose his meetings with the ambassador.
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Aides for Kushner told The Times said that he's gathering the relevant information and plans to turn it over during an Federal Bureau of Investigation interview.