Rumors that White House Adviser Jared Kushner could end up in prison are circulating after it was revealed that he is under investigation for undisclosed meetings with Russian officials.
Kushner has become a top target in Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigation of the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election for his business and financial dealings with Russian officials, The Washington Post reported.
The investigation is reportedly focusing on the top White House adviser's meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergei Nikolaevich Gorkov, the head of a top Russian bank. FBI investigators are looking into whether Russian officials suggested to Kushner or other Trump surrogates that lifting economic sanctions would allow Russian banks to offer financing to people with ties to Trump, a U.S. law enforcement official said, according to Reuters.
Gorkov, the head of Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank, reportedly met with Kushner at Trump Tower in December. His bank is under U.S. sanctions and was implicated in a 2015 espionage case, according to reports. One of its New York executives pleaded guilty to spying and was sentenced to jail time.
While rumors of Kushner ending up in prison are starting to catch wind, the investigation is still in its early stages, CNN reported. There is no indication at this time that Kushner or any other people involved in the investigation could face criminal charges.
Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's attorney, said an investigation into his client's financial dealings is standard protocol for this type of case.
“We do not know what this report refers to,” Gorelick told CNN. “It would be standard practice for the special counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia. Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”
Still, some experts believe that Kusher could serve jail time for his involvement, including failing to disclose meetings with the Russian ambassador. However, they also noted that because the investigation is still in the early stages, it could take months -- even years -- before the probe reaches its conclusion.
Kushner has become an essential piece in the Trump administration, taking lead on several key initiatives such as the $100 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, The Inquistr reported. His wife, first daughter Ivanka Trump, was also recently given the title "Assistant to the President," NBC reported.