Special counsel investigating business dealings of Jared Kushner

The development marks another expansion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, whose scope had previously been limited to uncovering whether Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin during the 2016 election.

In March, CNN reported Kushner had "relationship meetings" with Russia's ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov to discuss issues like sanctions.

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to United States officials briefed on the probe.

Kushner and other Trump business associates are being looked at in the investigation, according to a new report.

On Thursday, Kushner's lawyer said any such scrutiny of Kushner's business would be "standard practice". Other probes of Russia's election interference are being carried out in Congress.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Gorelick told CNN.

The President tweeted Friday that he was under "investigation", which he called a "witch hunt" in another tweet. Another attorney on the team was the leader of the Enron investigation, Andrew Weissman.

USA TODAY previously reported that the FBI was investigating Kushner for his contact with Russian officials, but there was no word at that time that his financial dealings were part of the probe.

The Russia investigation will include interviews and other evidence to determine what role Russia had, if any, in last year's election.

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Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's attorney, said an investigation into his client's financial dealings is standard protocol for these types of cases. The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment on the report.

The reports say one focus of Mueller's investigation is presidential conversations with Coats and Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo in late March, in which Trump reportedly asked them to intervene with then-FBI Director James Comey to ask him to halt his probe of Flynn.

Contrast that, he said in a later conversation, to the Trump team, led by Trump personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz and including partner Michael Bowe and Washington legal veteran Jay Sekulow.

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner arrives to join U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.

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