In March, the White House acknowleged that Jared Kushner had secretly met with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB), in December. Kushner, the only known White House official to be a focus of the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, has been under scrutiny for back-channel communications with Moscow he suggested setting up in December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
The White House maintains that the Kushner-Gorkov meeting was just one of many diplomatic meetings President Trump’s son-in-law held during the transition, while VEB reiterated to The Washington Post this week that Gorkov met with Kushner as head of his family real estate business, as part of the bank’s new investment strategy. VEB has been subject to U.S. sanctions since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.
“Either account of the meeting could bring complications for a White House undergoing intensifying scrutiny from a special counsel …