President Trump's legal team has not discussed removing Jared Kushner from his White House role while the Justice Department continues its Russia probe, a senior administration official said Tuesday.
The president's son-in-law has emerged as a key subject in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of whether Trump associates collided with Russian officials during the 2016 election. Kushner was one of several Trump campaign officials who participated in a meeting with a Russia attorney last summer, the purpose of which he later told a Senate panel was not clear.
The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday that lawyers inside the White House had wanted Kushner to step down earlier this summer before his contact with Russian officials was widely reported.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders refuted that account on Tuesday, telling reporters she wasn't aware of any discussions about urging the president's son-in-law to resign.
"And certainly there was no presentation of that, as both the president's attorneys have gone on the record to say," Sanders added, referencing comments by John Dowd, one of the lawyers representing Trump.
But Dowd's statement to the Journal seemed to suggest a discussion about Kushner's position was discussed.
"I didn't agree with that view at all. I thought it was absurd," Dowd told the paper, adding that he made his views known.