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Senate judiciary committee requests more information on Kushner

Posted November 16, 2017 1:33 p.m. EST

— Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein sent a letter Thursday requesting more information on President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner related to his security clearance and questions over whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.

The two senators specifically requested "transcripts from other committee interviews, additional documents from previous requests, communications with (former national security adviser) Michael Flynn and documents related to his security clearance," according to their statement.

Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and Feinstein, a California Democrat, sent a letter to Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, requesting he provide access to the transcripts from Kushner's interviews with other congressional committees.

They wrote there are missing documents, such as emails to Kushner on WikiLeaks and a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" that Kushner forwarded to another campaign official.

The two senators also requested all communications related to Flynn's termination as national security adviser and any emails between the two that contain keywords such as "Clinton," "WikiLeaks" and "Putin."

Finally, the senators requested documents related to Flynn's security clearance. They said the deadline to produce the documents is November 27.

Kushner's attorney -- who was in court Thursday representing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on unrelated corruption charges -- did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

The spotlight over Kushner's security clearance form has become a focus in the Russia investigation as congressional committees try to determine whether any inappropriate meetings or contacts occurred between Russian officials and Trump associates during the campaign season.

In a statement to Congress in July, Kushner downplayed the significance of those meetings, saying they occurred during the normal course of a campaign and transition period.

"With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any," Kushner said.