White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Trump and senior White House adviser, has been identified as the "very senior" official who told former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to contact foreign government officials.

Why it matters: This revelation brings Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation even closer to President Trump by way of Kushner.

Background: A court document signed by Flynn, who pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI, says "a very senior members of the Presidential Transition team directed FLYNN to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russia."

Go deeper: How the FBI probe got to Jared.

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.