During his testimony before Congress, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to give lawmakers the impression that he did not know that he was attending a meeting in June 2016 to meet with Russian officials offering up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
However, a new analysis written by New York University School of Law professor Ryan Goodman at his Just Security website shows that the report issued by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee completely contradicts this impression.
In short, the GOP's own report states plainly that "Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort attended a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower where they expected to receive" dirt on Clinton from Russian sources.
Goodman compares this to Kushner's written statement, where he goes out of his way to give the impression that he had no idea what the Trump Tower meeting would be about -- and suggested that he only knew it involved Trump Jr.
"That email was on top of a long back and forth that I did not read at the time," Kushner said in his written testimony. "As I did with most emails when I was working remotely, I quickly reviewed on my iPhone the relevant message that the meeting would occur at 4:00 PM at his office. Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as 'Meeting: Don Jr.| Jared Kushner.' No one else was mentioned."
According to Goodman, this contradiction between Kushner's account and Republican lawmakers' report may mean Kushner could be prosecuted for lying to Congress if investigators find that he "knowingly and willingly" misled them about what he knew of the meeting.