Senate investigators are planning to question President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as part of a broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, the New York Times is reporting.
Kushner is a close adviser to Trump. The Times said the White House Counsel’s Office was informed this month that the Senate Intelligence Committee wanted to question Kushner about meetings he arranged with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. The committee is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. A White House spokeswoman told the Times that Kushner is willing to talk with Senate investigators about meetings with Kislyak and also with Sergey Gorkov, the chief of a bank that drew sanctions during the Obama administration.
Republicans scramble over shutdown: A top Republican with close ties to the White House tells Axios that after the health-care failure, a government shutdown in April is “more likely than not…Wall Street is not expecting a shutdown and the markets are unprepared.” A senior GOP aide disputed the prediction but Axios writes the math is bleak for the House to head off a shutdown. A stopgap budget runs through April 28.
Dodd-Frank hearings: The House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings on three portions of Dodd-Frank this week, the Hill writes. The Wall Street reform law has long been in Republican crosshairs, and on Tuesday the panel will have a hearing on the way the Financial Stability Oversight Council designates “systemically important financial institutions.” That will be followed by a hearing on the state of bank lending, which Republicans argue is hampered by the law. A hearing on the impact of the Volcker Rule is also scheduled. That bans banks from making certain investments and trades with their own assets.
Freedom Caucus member quits group: Rep. Ted Poe quit the conservative House Freedom Caucus on Sunday over its opposition to the Republican health-care plan. CNN says the Texas Republican was the first member of the group to leave in the fallout over its role in defeating the health bill. Poe said in a statement “saying no is easy, leading is hard” and that quitting the caucus would allow him to be a more effective member of Congress.