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RUSSIA HACKING: Trump’s son-in-law ‘withheld WikiLeaks and Moscow emails’, US Senators say



The ongoing investigations into allegations of election meddling by Russia has revealed that White House senior aide Jared Kushner withheld emails he received about WikiLeaks and “a Russian backdoor overture” in 2016.

That much information was revealed by two senators who reportedly sent Mr Kushner (Donald Trump’s son-in-law) a letter demanding additional documents as part of an ongoing investigation into Russia’s alleged election meddling.

The lawmakers said they became aware of the documents through other witnesses.

“We appreciate your voluntary cooperation with the Committee’s investigation, but the production appears to have been incomplete,” the senators wrote in a letter on Thursday to Kushner’s attorney.

However, Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell said he was “open to responding to any additional requests”.

Read also: Putin’s hackers helped Trump win election, US officials say

In a report by the New York Times last June, it was revealed that Trump’s eldest son, Kushner and former election campaign manager met with a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin soon after Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination last year.

Donald Trump Jr. confirmed the get-together in a statement, describing it as “a short introductory meeting” that focused mainly on the issue of child adoption. He said he also asked Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort to take part in the meeting.

A lawyer for Kushner said Trump’s son-in-law “briefly attended” the meeting.

Recall that after the US elections, intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of Democratic political groups to discredit the election and sway the voting towards Republican Trump, who won an upset victory in November.

Moscow has however denied any such meddling. Trump also has dismissed the allegations, suggesting instead that Obama might have wiretapped his Trump Tower in New York or that China may have been behind the cyber attacks.



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