Russia Probe Expands To Include Kushner’s Business Dealings

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the business dealings of Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to President Donald Trump, as part of the Russian Federation investigation, the Washington Post reported Thursday evening, citing unnamed “U.S. officials familiar with the matter”.

Mueller is also investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether anyone on Trump’s campaign, or associated with it, with him or any of his businesses, may have had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin, said one USA official familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Kushner met with the head of Putin’s most trusted bank and spoke with the Russian ambassador three times between April and November, then proposed setting up a communications channel owned and operated by the Russians in a meeting with Michael Flynn and Kislyak, who both discussed American sanctions on Russia later that month”.

Trump also fired James Comey, former FBI Director, in May. Gorelick pointed out that Kushner has volunteered to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is leading one of the congressional Russian Federation investigations. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether Gorkov suggested to Kushner that Russian banks could finance the business ventures of Trump’s associates if USA sanctions were lifted or relaxed.

Others being investigated as part of the Russian Federation probe include former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser. Comey did not name the dissenter, but The Washington Post has learned it was FBI General Counsel James Baker.

At an off-camera briefing for reporters, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred questions about the president’s latest tweets to Trump’s personal attorney. In a statement, the National Security Agency said it “will fully cooperate with the special counsel”, but declined to comment further.

In the days following Trump’s firing of Comey on May 9 and before Mueller’s appointment, the obstruction-of-justice investigation of the president began, according to people familiar with the matter.

Law enforcement sources tell CNN that the special counsel is gathering information and considering whether there is evidence to launch a full-scale obstruction investigation.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.

According to the news accounts, neither Coats nor Rogers complied with Trump’s requests.