Kushner meets with lawmakers about criminal justice reform: report

Kushner meets with lawmakers about criminal justice reform: report
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President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner reportedly met with key senators on Thursday morning to discuss stalled efforts at criminal justice reform.

Kushner was seen entering Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyKlobuchar: ObamaCare a 'missed opportunity' to address drug costs Just one in five expect savings from Trump tax law: poll Divisions emerge over House drug price bills MORE's (R-Iowa) office on Thursday morning, and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget MORE (R-Utah), who supports criminal justice reform, walked in soon after that, BuzzFeed News reported.

Kushner was reportedly speaking to the lawmakers about legislation that stalled last year in the previous Congress. But Grassley and Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Trump faces growing pressure over Boeing safety concerns MORE (Ill.) have both expressed interest in introducing a new bill in the 115th Congress.


BuzzFeed reported that Durbin also met with Kushner on Thursday. The meetings could be an early signal that the White House is open to discussing a criminal justice overhaul.

On the campaign trail, President Trump frequently promoted himself as the "law and order" candidate, promising to crack down on crime and provide expanded support for law enforcement officials.

That platform, however, ultimately killed support for the Senate's reform legislation. What's more, Trump's appointment of Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsO'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump House Judiciary Dem, Republican clash over details of Whitaker testimony DeVos moves to allow religious groups to provide federally funded services to private schools MORE as attorney general was taken as a signal that criminal justice reform would be unlikely under his administration, because of the former Alabama senator's firm opposition to the matter.

Grassley told BuzzFeed in January that tackling the issue would be easier since the election was over.

“I wouldn’t say there’s not going to be any problems because you’re starting over again,” he said. “But ... the election had more to do with it than anything else.”