The Note: Trump faces major test in Kushner’s showdown with Congress

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

  • The first member of the Trump family will be questioned on Capitol Hill today as part of the Russia probe: Jared Kushner faces the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door meeting.
  • In his prepared statements, released this morning, Kushner will say, “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government….I have nothing to hide.”
  • The House and the Senate have struck a new bipartisan deal on sanctions on Russia; only question is, will Trump sign the bill? The White House has offered mixed messages.
  • The president gives a statement on health care from the White House today and then heads to West Virginia today to attend the Boy Scout Jamboree.
  • Democrats hope for a reboot: Party leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi will unveil the Democrats’ economic agenda before the 2018 midterms.
  • THE TAKE with ABC News’ MaryAlice Parks

    Jared Kushner’s trip to Capitol Hill today is a reminder that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian election meddling has formally reached inside the White House, West Wing staff and the president’s own family. Congress wants answers from not one – but two – of his sons. And it seems, according to his prepared remarks released this morning, Jared Kushner does not have much interest in defending his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr. Kushner works hard to distance himself as much as possible from that meeting with the Russian lawyer last summer and implies that had he known more about that meeting ahead of time, he may have reacted differently. He says there was no collusion between the campaign and foreign officials, but leaves two big omissions. He does not say that “anyone” would have taken that meeting and he does not say it was appropriate for Donald Trump Jr. to arrange it. Instead, when recounting his interactions with Russians officials, he paints himself as a political novice, someone new to the game, trying his best to respond to a bombardment of requests. Will that fly with lawmakers? To the White House’s chagrin, Kushner’s statement and questioning will dominate the headlines, but that’s also because the other big story on the Hill is at a standstill. With no movement from either side of the deadlocked Senate Republican conference on health care the past few days, it is unlikely something passes this week.

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