Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer who has been representing Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, is calling it quits as far as inquires being conducted by congressional committees and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.
Sources said Gorelick will continue to represent Kushner on ethics issues and possible crimes related to false statements on his security clearance form, but she is stepping away from matters that may involve a conflict of interest.
Mueller, a former FBI director who was appointed to conduct the Russia investigation, was a partner at Gorelick’s law firm, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.
Gorelick also said Mueller hired three other Wilmer Hale partners to investigate the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russian efforts to influence the presidential election and actions that may constitute criminal obstruction of justice.
“As we have stated, once Bob Mueller and three of our partners left the firm to form the Special Counsel’s Office, we advised Mr. Kushner to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as counsel,” said Gorelick.
Gorelick said she is turning over responsibilities for Kushner’s part in the Russia investigation to Abbe Lowell, a well-known Washington criminal defense lawyer.
Gorelick advised Kushner, who has sprawling financial interests in a multi-billion-dollar global real estate empire, on how he might comply with federal ethics and anti-nepotism laws as a White House advisor.
Although Kushner has no experience in government or public policy, Trump put him in charge of all foreign-policy matters during his Presidential transition.
At that time, Kushner participated in meetings between Trump and foreign heads of state while continuing to run the Kushner Companies, a multibillion-dollar real estate developer in New York City and the New Jersey residential market.
Kushner Companies has used a controversial visa scheme that Trump renewed in May, the EB-5 program, to fuel foreign investment and it relies on complex financing arrangements to cover looming debt that could make Jared Kushner vulnerable to Russian influence.
Jared Kushner held a December meeting with executives from a Russian bank, VneshEconomBank, or VEB, at the suggestion of the Russian ambassador.
He was also present at the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016, before Trump has sewn up the GOP presidential nomination, with a Russian lawyer and a former Soviet counter-intelligence officer. That pow-wow, arranged by Donald Trump Jr., was also attended by Paul Manafort, who was chairman of the Trump campaign at the time.
The former Soviet counterintelligence officer — lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin — is suspected of having ongoing ties to Russian spy agencies. Born in Russia, Akhmetshin served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the U.S., where he holds dual citizenship.
The meeting was set up by music publicist Rob Goldstone, who described Natalia Veselnitskaya as a “Russian government attorney” and promised she had information that was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Numerous sources show Veselnitskaya had been working with Akhmetshin on a campaign to repeal the Magnitsky Act, an American law set to punish Russian human rights violators.
Gorelick served as the Deputy Attorney General of the United States from 1994 to 1997, during the Clinton administration, and she became a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in July 2003
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