US Senators have set their sights on their next star witness as they probe Trump campaign ties to Russia, saying they want to interview the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The fallout had hardly settled on the bombshell testimony of James Comey, the fired FBI director who accused Donald Trump of lying and trying to thwart his investigation, before members of the intelligence committee said they were planning to grill Mr Kushner about his meetings with Russian officials.
Another crucial test this week will come when Jeff Sessions, the attorney general who recused himself from the investigations, appears before the appropriations committee on Tuesday.
Democrats have let it be known that they will use the opportunity to ask about Russia.
At the same time Angus King, a member of the intelligence committee, said Mr Kushner was expected to meet Senators this week to arrange a formal hearing to follow soon.
The senior aide, who is married to Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka, has avoided the public spotlight ensuring his appearance will bring Washington to a halt just as it did on Thursday when Mr Comey appeared.
It also means more headaches for a White House that cannot shake suspicions senior figures colluded with Russian officials trying to sway last year’s presidential election.
Senators will want to know about a number of Mr Kushner’s previously undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador to Moscow, Sergey Kislyak, and with a banker who counts President Vladimir Putin among his close associates.
In particular they will ask about reports Mr Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel to the Kremlin to avoid the scrutiny of US intelligence services.
During his explosive testimony, Mr Comey was also asked what he knew about Mr Kushner’s relationship with Sergey Gorkov, the banker.
“Nothing that I can talk about in an open setting,” he said, sparking further intrigue.
Lawyers for Mr Kushner say he is happy to co-operate with any probes.
For his part, Mr Trump has denied asking his then FBI director to go ease off his probe into Michael Flynn, who was fired as National Security Adviser in February, or asking him to promise personal loyalty.
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science at New York’s Iona College, said Mr Trump seemed incapable of stonewalling and referring questions to his lawyers.
“This has clearly gotten away from the White House and the President,” she said. “You have all these investigations in the Senate and more importantly the special counsel. This is going to be an endless search.”