Kushner's New Mission Shows He's Still Playing Big Role

Trump son-in-law heads to Israel for Mideast peace negotiations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2017 6:01 AM CDT
Kushner's New Mission Shows He's Still Playing Big Role
White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting on June 12.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jared Kushner isn't retreating into a smaller role despite investigators' interest in his Russian business deals. The Wall Street Journal reports that he's off to Israel this week on one of the most high-profile foreign policy pursuits of all: Mideast peace. The presidential son-in-law is due to arrive Wednesday. He's expected to meet in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in Ramallah with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, though he won't be sitting down with both sides at the same time. No major breakthroughs are expected in the meetings, during which Kushner will be accompanied by President Trump's top rep on peace negotiations, Jason Greenblatt.

“It is important to remember that forging a historic peace agreement will take time and to the extent that there is progress, there are likely to be many visits by both Mr. Kushner and Mr. Greenblatt, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to the region," says a White House statement. Still, the Washington Post sees it as a clear sign that Trump has not lost confidence in Kushner despite the widening Russian investigation. Kushner has promised to cooperate with investigators in that inquiry, though he may do so with a new legal team: The New York Times reports that his aides are in touch with big-name criminal lawyers to represent him. One of their worries is that current lawyer Jamie Gorelick once worked as a law partner with Robert Mueller, the special counsel. (More Jared Kushner stories.)

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