A new report suggests a group of White House lawyers dealing with allegations President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government asked the president to fire his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
The Wall Street Journal broke the story earlier this week, reporting:
Some of President Donald Trump’s lawyers earlier this summer concluded that Jared Kushner should step don as senior White House adviser because of possible legal complications related to a probe of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential elections and aired concerns about him to the president, people familiar with the matter said.
Among their concerns as that Mr. Kushner was the adviser closest to the president who had the most dealings with Russian officials and businesspeople during the campaign and transition.
While the report didn’t identify any of the lawyers who made this suggestion, it did get an on-the-record interview with the president’s top personal attorney, John Dowd, who confirmed the suggestion had at least been made:
"I didn’t agree with that view at all. I thought it was absurd."
Several other news outlets followed up the WSJ report with their own “anonymous sources” that confirmed the report. But the Trump administration says it never happened at all. During Tuesday’s daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was never “a conversation” and no presentation to the president of which she was aware.
Regardless, the story has managed to breathe new life—again—into the liberal mainstream media’s “Russia Narrative.”