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Kushner opposed foreign contacts, his lawyer says

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (L) and wife Ivanka Trump on the South Lawn of the White House during a memorial service for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Washington, DC, on September 11, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The lawyer representing the son-in-law of US President Donald Trump says Jared Kushner is the hero in the so-called Russia probe.

By accusing the Jewish White House adviser, the US Senate Judiciary Committee has “jumped the gun,” Abbe Lowell said on Sunday.

“If you look at the content of these emails, he’s the hero. He’s the one who’s saying there shouldn’t be any contact with foreign officials or foreign entities,” Lowell told CNN. “That’s what the Senate Judiciary Committee should pay attention to and not create some sort of partisan gotcha game.”

Guests watch a video of Arabella Kushner, granddaughter of US President Donald Trump, sing a traditional Chinese song during a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017.

According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democratic member Dianne Feinstein, Ivanka Trump’s husband received and forwarded emails about WikiLeaks.

He also communicated about a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite,” the senators wrote in a letter to his lawyer, demanding additional documents.

Lowell has until November 27 to comply with the request for additional documents.

President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., recently admitted that he received messages directly from transparency group WikiLeaks ahead of the 2016 election.

An investigation has been launched to find out whether the Russian government coordinated with Trump’s aides after the intelligence community’s conclusion that the Kremlin helped with the New York billionaire’s campaign effort ahead of winning the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and the president.

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Reports emerged in June that Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, was present at a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016.

The meeting had been arranged by Trump Jr. in an effort to find damaging information about Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.

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