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>> The Russia investigation reaching into President Trump's inner circle as his son-in-law Jared Kushner faces a closed-door grilling on Capitol Hill. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Kushner is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee as lawmakers try to figure out whether the Trump campaign enlisted the Kremlin to help win the 2016 election.
We know at this point that people in Trump's inner circle were at least open to cooperating with Moscow. Records show that Kushner participated in a meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered damaging information about rival Hillary Clinton. The questioning could be a potentially significant step in the ongoing investigation that has dominated Trump's first six months in office.
Also participating in that June 2016 meeting, Trump's son Donald Jr. and his campaign manager at the time, Paul Manafort. Both agreeing to provide records to lawmakers but uncertain at this point whether they will testify in public. Manafort also under pressure from a criminal investigation being run by former FBI Director Robert Muller.
Sources telling Reuters that Muller's team looking into money laundering accusations against Manafort, hoping to force him to cooperate. A Manafort spokesman saying he is not a cooperating witness. Muller's team asking the White House to preserve all of its communications about that meeting. In an interview with the New York Times, Trump warning Muller to steer clear of anything not related to Russia.
And later saying on Twitter that he is exploring whether he has the power to pardon himself if he ends up facing criminal accusations. Kushner also due to meet with the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. That committee's top democrat, Adam Schiff, saying he plans to ask about reports that Kushner tried to set up a secret back channel communication line to the Kremlin.
>> We have a lot of ground to cover.>> Kushner hasn't been forthcoming about his contacts with Russian government and business officials, and he hasn't appeared on TV or otherwise explained himself to the public. These hearings will be a chance for him to offer his side of the story and for lawmakers to press him further for details.
The public won't get to see that back and forth, but they should at least get a sense of what went down afterwards from those who were in the room.