WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
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.
DEMOCRATS HOPE FOR A REBOOT
Sen. Chuck Schumer and other congressional leaders are hoping to make today the launch…