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Russia Investigation Elevates Jared Kushner's Previously Low Profile

Jared Kushner — the president's son-in-law and the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka — was expected to play the role of first friend — someone whose only agenda was to help the president. Instead, Kushner was given a vast policy portfolio, and now finds himself right in the middle of the Russia investigation.

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Corrected: June 4, 2017 at 11:00 PM CDT
This story states that Jared Kushner "pushed" his father-in-law — President Trump — to fire FBI Director James Comey. In fact, Kushner supported the firing but did not push for it, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.