According to Jared Kushner, Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told family friends he was in legal trouble, according to a report by The Hill.
Former President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a former adviser to him, alleges that Schumer allegedly told friends of Jared Kushner's mother that the first-son-in-law was going to jail for his involvement in the 2016 election and alleged relations with Russia.
“My poor mom, I told her to stop, you know reading whatever; I said, ‘I promise you, we didn’t do anything wrong, it’s good,’” Kushner said on the Lex Fridman Podcast.
“But you know, she’d call me [and] say, well you know, ‘our friends were on the Upper East Side were talking with Chuck Schumer who says Jared’s going to jail.’”
Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, has refuted reports that he attempted to establish a "back-channel" line of communication between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
Kushner attended a now-infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and a woman characterized as a Russian government attorney offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
While Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report found “sweeping and systematic” Russian interference in the 2016 election, it did not discover any evidence that Trump's campaign was involved.
Kushner also conferred with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, shortly after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, along with Michael Flynn, who would become Trump's first national security adviser.
Reportedly, Kushner and Kislyak discussed a secure channel of communication between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.
Kushner stated in the podcast that he initially did not take the allegations "too seriously" because he believed that there were "no underlying problems to the accusation."
“I felt like this is one of those things where they’re going to try and catch you and then if you step on the line, they catch with one misrepresentation, they’re gonna try to put you in jail or worse … and so, for me, that was a big concern,” Kushner said.
Kushner was a subject of investigations by the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees concerning Trump campaign ties to Russia.
He estimated that he spent over twenty hours testifying before various committees and paid millions of dollars "out of my own pocket" for legal expenses.
“This is like a leading senator saying these things and so it was just interesting for me to see how the whole world could believe something and be talking about it that I knew with 1,000 percent certainty was just not true,” Kushner said of Schumer. “And so seeing that play out was very, very hard.”