Dem: Kushner 'should be prosecuted for lying' on security form

Dem: Kushner 'should be prosecuted for lying' on security form
© Greg Nash

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) is calling for President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner to be prosecuted after reports emerged that he didn't disclose at least three contacts with Russia's envoy to the U.S. during and after the 2016 campaign.

"Certification for my SF86 security clearance form," Lieu tweeted alongside a picture of the form. "Which says false statement punishable by imprisonment. Jared Kushner lied on his form."

"If this is true, #Kushner needs to resign. He should also be prosecuted for lying on his security clearance form, a federal crime," Lieu, a frequent critic of Trump, wrote in a tweet about reports of Kushner's previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian envoy.

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Kushner's attorney said in a statement that he doesn't recall the conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and has requested information from the news service Reuters, which originally broke the story on Friday.

"Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described. We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information," Kushner's attorney Jamie Gorelick said.

Kushner's conversations with the Russian envoy before the election were related to fighting terrorism and improving economic relations with Russia, sources told Reuters, which reported on two calls between Kushner and Kislyak between April and November last year.

The Democratic National Committee on Friday night called for Trump to fire Kushner over the undisclosed contacts.