Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime business associate Jared Kushner have discussed possible ethics investigations into whether they colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, told POLITICO that the two men are discussing a possible investigation into whether Trump Jr. and Kushner obstructed justice by colluding with Russia to influence the election, which could lead to a criminal prosecution.
Manafort, who is a senior adviser to Trump, and Kushner have been among the Trump administration’s most visible defenders of the president, whom they consider a reliable adviser and a reliable voice on issues ranging from global trade to immigration.
They’ve been key in keeping Trump at arm’s length as he has taken his administration into a range of controversies.
The two men also discussed potential criminal charges against Manafort and Kushner in connection with the 2016 election, the person said, asking not to be named to discuss ongoing negotiations.
Manziel is a former Republican congressional aide and the son of a wealthy real estate developer.
He served as a top adviser to President Donald Trump from 2016 to 2021, and was tapped by the president to lead the Department of Homeland Security under President Joe Biden.
He was one of the architects of the Trump national security strategy.
The Trump White House has refused to confirm whether any of the people involved in the conversations with the White House have been subpoenaed to testify.
The administration has previously denied any wrongdoing, including any involvement in the campaign or the 2016 campaign.
Manjhi, who has a net worth of $6 million, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The New York Times first reported the conversations.
Manafort and Trump Jr.’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, did NOT respond to requests for comment Tuesday.