Attorney Jamie Gorelick leaving Jared Kushner Russia legal team

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Nov. 14, 2016. Donald Trump Jr. is said to have arranged a meeting, which was also attended by Kushner, with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the campaign after he was told he would be provided with damaging details about Hillary Clinton, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.
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Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Nov. 14, 2016. Donald Trump Jr. is said to have arranged a meeting, which was also attended by Kushner, with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the campaign after he was told he would be provided with damaging details about Hillary Clinton, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.

Credit: RUTH FREMSON

Credit: RUTH FREMSON

Jamie Gorelick, one of the lawyers representing White House adviser and Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, is stepping away from the case.

Gorelick said in a statement to Politico it was Kushner’s decision for the change.

“We advised Jared to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as counsel,” Gorelick said. “As a result of this process Jared decided Abbe (Lowell) would represent him in Russia-related inquiries. We are currently helping Abbe’s team.”

Gorelick said after Bob Mueller and three of the partners at her firm left to form the Special Counsel’s Office, they advised Kushner to get independent counsel.

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Mueller is investigating the Trump campaign and possible collusion with Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The change comes as scrutiny of Kushner has increased over a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year in the middle of the presidential campaign.

Gorelick is a former Deputy U.S. Attorney General under the Clinton administration. She also served on the commission studying the 9/11 attacks where her role was controversial and she had to recuse herself. She was also Vice Chairman of Fannie Mae during this time period.

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