According to a Washington Post report published Friday, the legal team of senior White House adviser and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is looking to hire a crisis public relations firm. The news comes as the investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the foreign government heats up.
Four sources told The Post that Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s lawyer, called a minimum of two PR firms over the past couple of weeks. Lowell confirmed the information in a statement for the paper’s report.
“My law firm and I are considering hiring an outside consultant to handle the time-consuming incoming inquiries on the cases in which I am working that receive media attention,” he said. “This inquiry from you about whether I am doing this is a good example of why we need one.”
The Kushner camp was rejected by Mercury Public Affairs, a firm also currently being investigated by Mueller for its lobbying activities.
The only reason Jared Kushner would hire a crisis public relations firm is because … wait for it … A CRISIS IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO HIM. Also, anyone who needs a crisis firm should not have a security clearance. Oh, and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, you backed the wrong person. https://t.co/3EqbbklXlN
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 15, 2017
Kushner has reportedly been feeling increasingly frustrated with the bad press surrounding his communication with a Russian lawyer. Since he was recently revealed to be the “very senior member” who instructed former national security adviser Mike Flynn to contact Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last December, the negative coverage on Kushner’s involvement has only increased.
Whether Kushner’s need for crisis management professionals is a response to learning of new developments in the investigation that will bring even more scrutiny to him or not, it’s definitely a sign that he and his camp are feeling more anxious about the Russia probe than they were before.